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Historical interpreter explores Chicago's title as Candy Capital

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Colette Claxton

Self-described as the Candy Capital of America, Chicago produced about one-third of the nation's candy for most of its history. Discover the how and why when Windsor Park, a faith-based, not-for-profit, continuing care retirement community administered by Covenant Retirement Communities, hosts historical interpreter Leslie Goddard on May 12, 2014, at 10 a.m.

Goddard will reveal the reasons why Chicago was such a powerful location for candy makers. She will share candy memorabilia and describe the history behind some of the tasty treats invented in Chicago -- Brach's caramels, Mars' Snickers bars, Wrigley's gum, Cracker Jack, Curtiss' Baby Ruth bars, Tootsie Rolls, Frango Mints and Dove chocolates.

Presenting history lectures and performing first-person programs for more than ten years, Goddard has a Ph.D. in American studies and U.S. history from Northwestern University as well as master's degrees in theater and museum studies. She worked in the museum field for ten years and is the author of two books on Chicago history. She has presented nationally recognized programs at Illinois Humanities Council sites, Chicago's Navy Pier, WBEZ-Chicago Amplified and scores of other locations. Her book "Chicago's Sweet Candy History" was published by Arcadia Publishing in 2012.

Seating for this event is limited. To register, please visit, or call 877--836-5664.

Windsor Park is located at 124 Windsor Park Dr., Carol Stream, Ill. 60188.