Historic Preservation Awarded Forrest E. Mars, Jr. Chocolate History Grant

Monday, March 18, 2024

On February 28, 2024, the University of Florida’s Historic Preservation Program, in partnership with UF Historic St. Augustine, Inc., and George A. Smathers Libraries, was awarded a $14,000 “Forrest E. Mars, Jr. Chocolate History Grant.” The award gala took place at George Washington’s Mount Vernon during the annual Heritage Chocolate Society meeting, hosted by Mars Wrigley and AMERICAN HERITAGE Chocolate.

The project will document and showcase St. Augustine’s pivotal role in introducing chocolate to North America. The outcomes will be disseminated through a publicly accessible ArcGIS StoryMap and the project will be celebrated with a meticulously curated exhibit in Winter 2024 at St. Augustine Governor’s House Cultural Center and Museum.

Three faculty and staff of the University of Florida will compose the team: Dr. Cleary Larkin and Dr. Clarissa Carr of the Historic Preservation Program, and Laura Douglass Marion, Collections Coordinator of the Governor’s House Library.

Heritage Chocolate Society awards over $70,000 in Forrest E. Mars, Jr. Chocolate History Grants.
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