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Not So Sweet: Baker Chocolate Factory

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With support from: Lowell Institute
Date and time
Thursday, March 20, 2003

Author and historian Anthony M. Sammarco tells the fascinating and not always sweet tale of the Boston chocolate mill's roots, which date back to the 1700s. When one thinks of chocolate, the name "Baker's Chocolate" comes to mind, with its trademark chocolate woman. Sammarco explores the history of the company, beginning with the moment when Dr. James Baker and his chocolate maker John Hannonthe established the first chocolate mill in America, in a converted wooden mill on the banks of the Neponset River in Massachusetts. Within a century, the company, known as the Walter Baker Company, Ltd. had become known throughout the world as the oldest manufacturer of chocolate in the United States.

Anthony M. Sammarco is a noted historian and author of more than forty books on the history of Boston and surrounding cities and towns. Sammarco teaches history at the Urban College of Boston.