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The tale begins with 2,000 year-old murals depicting the uses for chocolate and continues to the present time witnessing the allure and power chocolate continues to have on human society. Jose Francisco Garcia shares the history of cacao and discusses its value as a worldwide commodity.

More about the speaker: Jose Francisco Garcia is of the 3rd generation with direct paternal and maternal Mexican descendants settling in the Mid-west in the early 20th Century. A Vietnam veteran, retired railroader, long-time Chicano activist, Jose and his wife Linda are the founders of the Mexican American Historical Society of the Midlands. Now retired their time is spent on curating a research library of folk art, historical artifacts and media, focused on the art and civic accomplishments of Spanish-speaking/surnamed peoples of the Americas, with a focus on the Heartlands.