The Friends of Handley Regional Library and the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley will be presenting a program entitled “Chocolate: Richness to Rations” at the Handley Library on Wednesday, May 14th at 6:30 p.m.
Explore the history of our favorite food, chocolate; from its earliest use as a spiritual and medical aid for South American Indian tribes to officers’ rations in General Braddock’s fighting units in the Shenandoah Valley during the French and Indian War. Make the same hot chocolate recipe that George and Martha Washington enjoyed in their home. Discover the role of chocolate on ships, in hospitals and prisons during the Civil War, and as an object of trade for veterans of WWII units, Korea, Vietnam and the Gulf Wars. Chocolate is a valued commodity in today’s world marketplace, with ties back to our valley history in colonial America. Replicas of ancient Molinillo chocolate frothiers will be used to make hot chocolate drinks to finish this hour and a half presentation. Pamela Pampe, Outreach Programs Coordinator from the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley will lead this program event.
This event is free, but registration is required. We have a limited amount of materials to use and must limit this program to 24 attendees.
Sponsored by the Friends of Handley Regional Library and the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley