Virtual program: “The History of the Hershey Chocolate Company” at LaSalle Public Library


LA SALLE - The LaSalle Public Library will virtually host lecturer Laura Keyes on Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. when she presents a look back at, “The History of the Hershey Chocolate Company.”

Today the name Hershey is synonymous with quality milk chocolate, but that was not always the case. Milton S. Hershey worked hard and failed many times before his chocolate company finally became successful. When he eventually became a household name and earned a vast fortune, Milton and his wife, Catherine, decided to give it all away. Because of their generosity, tens of thousands of orphans have been saved, protected and educated. Find out more about this American success story and the philanthropy engendered in this illustrated biographical lecture.

Keyes graduated from UW-Madison with a Master’s degree in library studies and has been giving presentations on historic topics for over 10 years. She enjoys researching literary symbolism and is contracted to write a book on that subject. Keyes is currently the director of the Dunlap Public Library District in Dunlap. 

This program is free and open to the public and will be presented via Zoom. Registration is required to receive the Zoom link. To register for this program online, go to

Those who prefer to connect to this program using an iPad or smartphone, need more information, or have questions, please contact Rachael Blomquist, Digital Content Librarian, at or call the library at (815) 223-2341.