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Antiques Club of the Finger Lakes: How Nestlé Sweetened Life in Upstate New York

April 22, 2021, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

View of a factory with 1950s cars and a truck driving by.The Antiques Club of the Finger Lakes in partnership with the Geneva Historical Society, will present the virtual program, "How Nestlé Sweetened Life in Upstate New York" by Central New York historian and author Jim Farfaglia on Thursday, April 22 at 7 p.m.

For nearly 100 years, Fulton, New York, was known as the city that smelled like chocolate. As home to Nestlé’s first (and largest) United States factory, it was there that Nestlé Quik and the Crunch Bar were invented, and Toll House Morsels poured off assembly lines. The story of why Nestlé’s Swiss founders chose Fulton for their production is one of our country’s most inspiring success stories. This presentation by the author of a book on Nestlé’s history in Fulton combines research from the company’s archives and interviews with its former workers.

Jim Farfaglia writes about Central New York history, including books on The Blizzard of ’66, Nestlé’s first United States chocolate factory, Oswego County’s unique muck farms, and the founding of New York State’s first search & rescue team. His latest book (out in 2021) is about Camp Hollis, a children’s residential camp which started as a summer respite for children at risk of tuberculosis.

To attend the virtual meeting, you need a device, internet connection, and email address. To register click here. The necessary login information will be sent to you via email 24 hours prior to the program. For any problems with registration or to register by phone, call the Geneva Historical Society office at 315-789-5151. Registrations are limited to 100 people and must be complete before 12 noon, April 22, the day of the program.

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