Mars Announces Winners of Its Second Annual Chocolate History Research and Investigative Studies Grant at Colonial Chocolate Society Meeting

Nov 25, 2014 3:00 PM ET

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J., November 25, 2014 /3BL Media/ -- Mars Chocolate North America is pleased to announce the awarding of the 2014 Chocolate History Research and Investigative Studies Grant to three living history sites innovating in the areas of chocolate history programming. Winners were acknowledged last night at the banquet dinner of the Colonial Chocolate Society at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello.  The Colonial Chocolate Society is a group that meets annually to further the study of chocolate's history and legacy in the Americas.

"At Mars, we encourage the ongoing study of the unique role chocolate has played in our heritage and how it will impact our future," said Harold Schmitz, chief science officer, Mars, Incorporated. "This year's grant winners exemplify that cause and are paving the way for more historic site visitors to touch, taste, see and smell chocolate's rich history firsthand."

Schmitz and Howard-Yana Shapiro, chief agricultural officer, Mars, Incorporated awarded grants for the following activities:

  • Betsy Ross House/Historic Philadelphia, Inc.: 18th-century kitchen exhibit reinterpretation and demonstration project 
  • Genesee Country Museum: Expansion of current chocolate history program to include new presentations to enhance the visitor experience year-round 
  • Old Salem Museum and Gardens: Further study in a research project focused on how a documented 18th-century Salem resident purchased and sold chocolate in the community


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