Lexington Historical Society Announces Taste for Chocolate Celebration

The Lexington Historical Society celebrates all things chocolate at the A Taste for Chocolate celebration from February through April. A delicious array of tastings, exhibits, talks and demonstrations will culminate in a chocolate-themed fundraiser on April 7 to support museum operations and programming.

Carol S. Ward, the Society’s Executive Director believes this celebration will not only bring new audiences to the museum, but “who doesn’t love chocolate?” The interesting thing, she says, is that chocolate is “universally recognized and widely loved, but people know little about its origin and history.”

In Lexington, chocolate became an increasingly important commodity during the Revolutionary War era, as tea consumption plummeted. The Lexington Historical Society actually has primary records on display at the Munroe Tavern Archives and Research Center showing that many stores made sure to stock their shelves with alternatives, as evidenced by accounts kept here at William Munroethe general store. Sales of chocolate replaced those of tea with astonishing rapidity as the city turned to the new drink. Reverend Jonas Clarke, who helped lead the revolutionary movement in the city, bought large quantities of chocolate rather than tea between September 1773 and July 1783, when the war ended.

This exhibit explores the history of chocolate and cocoa through the lens of objects from the periods represented by the diverse collection of the Lexington Historical Society, supplemented by loans from a private collection.

To learn more about A Taste For Chocolate Celebration, please visit our website https://www.lexingtonhistory.org/ or call us at 781-862-1703

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