September Selections from the Collections at The Hershey Story
The Hershey Story Museum today announced the weekly rotating artifacts for the month of August as part of its display, Selections from the Collections. Selections from the Collections is located in the museum’s Grand Lobby and offered free of charge; visitors will not be required to purchase admission to the Museum Experience to view the display.
Selected by the museum’s curatorial staff, artifacts featured in Selections from the Collections are rotated every Thursday and include new acquisitions, historical items relevant to current events or items relating to a notable date in history.
Artifacts featured during the month of September include the following:
Sep. 1 - 7
Coffee Mill, 1870-1900
By the late 1800s, coffee had become a worldwide commodity. The hand-cranked mill on display was used to grind coffee beans at the turn of the century.
Sep. 8 -14
Pin & Cake Box from Milton S. Hershey's 81st birthday party, 1938
Each guest who attended Milton Hershey’s 81st birthday party, held in 1938 at Hershey Sports Arena, received a pin and a slice of cake as a souvenir. The community event, hosted by Mr. Hershey himself, included vaudeville acts, musical performances, dancing and refreshments.
Sep. 15 – 21
Spelling Test, Slate Notebook and Ruler, 1900-1920
These early 1900s school supplies include a notebook made of three small chalkboards bound together. Students used this and chalk to take notes, practice writing, and solve math problems. Claudia Hetrick, an 8th grade student during the 1920s, took the spelling test that is on display and received an A+.
Sep. 22 – 28
Toy Canister Set, 1920s
Toys were often miniature versions of household items. The children's toy canister set on display features containers to hold everything from coffee to bread. This set was given to the donor by a neighbor when she was a child in the 1920s.
Sept. 29 - Oct. 5
David Strausser Woodcarvings, 1900-1945
At age ten, David Strausser of Shoemakersville, PA took up the popular diversion of whittling to pass the time. The hobby turned into a lifelong passion for Strausser who, as a sewing machine repairman at a factory, whittled during his lunch break. Remarkably, his intricate designs were created using a single block of wood, no joints or glue, and a small pocket knife.
Guests can view the list of artifacts on display each week at HersheyStory.org. For additional information about The Hershey Story visit HersheyStory.org or call 717-534-8939.