(Hershey, Pa.) –Visitors to The Hershey Story, The Museum on Chocolate Avenue can soon experience a period in Pennsylvania’s history when time moved at a slower pace and the German language was frequently spoken in conversation.
The “Pennsylvania German Time Machines” special exhibit opens Tuesday, March 1 and will be free to the public. The exhibit will feature timepieces from the Danner Collection, a large collection of Pennsylvania German artifacts, which Milton Hershey purchased in 1935.
The exhibit boasts tall case clocks, watches and items commonly found in Pennsylvania German homes. Visitors will have the rare opportunity to see historic clocks in operation and explore the life of local clockmakers, including the Hoff and Eby families.
Visitors can learn about the evolution of timekeeping and discover movements of 18th and 19th century clocks through hands-on interactives. Decorative elements that exemplify the Pennsylvania German style will also be explored.
“Pennsylvania German Time Machines” will be on exhibit March 1 through June 19, 2011 in the Special Exhibit Gallery, located on the on the first floor of The Hershey Story.
Located at 63 West Chocolate Avenue, The Hershey Story, The Museum on Chocolate Avenue is an interactive museum that guides visitors on an inspirational journey through Milton S. Hershey’s lifetime and beyond. The Hershey Story is an operating division of the nonprofit M.S. Hershey Foundation.