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The Berley Brothers, owners of Shane's Confectionery and Franklin Fountain, pose for a photoat the Museum's grand opening.

In Old City, home to American independence, historical sites and attractions, like Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and, of course, the Museum, line block after historic block. So much to see in one area would set even the most dedicated history buff off in search of a pick-me-up. And there's no better neighborhood to pick out a sweet treat, as it's home to local icons, including Shane Confectionery, the store specializing in historic candy and chocolate making, and The Franklin Fountain, the old-time, traditional ice cream parlor and soda fountain. Behind both businesses are Ryan and Eric Berley, brothers and the shops' co-owners.

In this episode of the Museum's AmRev360 series hosted by President & CEO Dr. R. Scott Stephenson, the Berley brothers join to discuss making historically informed sweets from scratch, the forgotten flavors of America's past, the importance of the Slow Food movement to their work, and their creations with the Museum, including making gingerbread using a replica of Christopher Ludwick's cookie boards in our collection.

AmRev360 features lively conversations on the American Revolution from all angles between Stephenson and a broad slate of dynamic guests, including authors, actors, community leaders, and more. Interested in more Museum videos, subscribe to our Youtube channel.

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Christopher Ludwick's Cookie Board

This is the carved wooden cookie board once belonging to Christopher Ludwick, who served as Superintendent of Bakers in the Continental Army.
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Watch lively conversations on the American Revolution from all angles, hosted by Museum President & CEO Dr. R. Scott Stephenson and featuring a broad slate of dynamic guests, on our AmRev360 web series.
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Rhonda Brace (left), a descendent of Jeffrey Brace, who was enslaved during the Revolutionary era, found freedom, and wrote a memoir in 1810, which was republished in 2004 by Kari Winter (right).

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