Middle school students, ages 11-14 will learn about the early history of chocolate in MesoAmerican culture, its connection to the sugar industry in the Caribbean, and its exportation to Europe and North America. Students will explore the connections and relationships of early modern world cultures through reading and analyzing primary and secondary sources, and will come away from the course with a better understanding of how commodities, like chocolate, can cause lasting effects that shape and transform societies for centuries to come.
Instructor: Melissa Swindell
I was trained in historical research at The George Washington University
where I received a Master’s in American Studies, and at Johns Hopkins University where I received a Master’s in Museum Studies and Non-Profit Management. Prior to my role as Director of Historic Resources and Education Programs at Heritage Sandy Springs, I was employed as a Research Associate with the Smithsonian Institution and authored a manuscript for the United States Census Bureau.
Course Fee: $180 (chocolate included)
Student Minimum: 4
Student Maximum: 10
September 9, 16, 30
October 7, 14, 21
No Class on Sept. 23rd