The Winter Lecture Series at the Old Stone Fort Museum is set to begin on Sunday, February 25 at 1 pm with “For Breakfast, Pleasure and Health: Chocolate in the 18th Century.”
The lecture will be presented by colonial living historian Paul Supley in the Badgley Museum Annex located at the Old Stone Fort Museum Complex.
Beginning with an explanation of chocolate’s journey from the new world to Europe and the global trade, Supley will include an explanation of the harvesting and preparation processes of chocolate for export.
Supley will also explain the many roles chocolate has played in daily life throughout history, including its uses in medicine, for breakfast and, finally, for pleasure.
The program will feature samples prepared using an authentic 18th century setup. Those samples will include a recipe from Henry VII’s chocolate kitchen and two separate spiced chocolate drinks.
Mr. Supley has been researching colonial living history since 1977 and has a vast career providing first person interpretive programs for schools and historic sites. Well known for his historic medicine programs, Supley is now providing more civilian offerings, including chocolate and Palatine agriculture. He described the 18th century chocolate presentation as “fun and educational.”
Admission to the lecture is $5 for adults and free for students and Schoharie County Historical Society members. The Old Stone Fort Museum Complex is located in the village of Schoharie at 145 Fort Road, off NY State Rt. 30, 2.5 miles south of Interstate 88 Exit 23.
For more information, contact the museum at (518) 295-7192, or visit their website.