"Built on Chocolate" is a fascinating look at Milton Hershey's life. From his humble beginnings to his world-class fame, this exhibit makes for a great starting point. "Kisstory", the new exhibit for 2003, traces this national icon from its 1907 introduction to present day. Early product packaging, advertising campaigns, and production methods are displayed within colorful, interactive showcases.
Among the displays of Amish tools and Native American handiworks is a separate theater-gallery containing perhaps the most well-loved artifact in the museum: The Apostolic Clock. This captivating 13 foot timepiece was made by a local Lancaster resident over 125 years ago. It features an hourly procession of beautifully handcrafted biblical figures starting about 20 minutes before the hour. The clock is in operation daily.
Of course, visitors shouldn't overlook the Hershey Museum Shop. It has a nice selection of handcrafted museum reproductions as well as books, jewelry, and Hershey memorabilia.
New York, New York
September 23, 2003
From journal Beautiful Amish Country