There’s Always Room for Jell-O: the Story of America’s Most Famous Dessert

Lynne Belluscio, Executive Director of the LeRoy Historical Society, will show a slideshow presentation entitled, “There’s Always Room for Jell-O:  the story of America ‘s Most Famous Dessert,” on Tuesday, November 9, 2010 in the Olean Public Library Art Gallery.

In 1897, Pearle Wait, a carpenter in LeRoy , New York introduced a powdered fruit flavored gelatin that his wife named Jell-O.  For two years he tried to interest housewives into buying his new product, but in 1899, frustrated by the lack of interest, he sold the rights to Jell-O to a successful LeRoy businessman, Orator Woodward, for $450. Within seven years, Jell-O was grossing a million dollars a year. This is the story of the history. . and mystery of America ‘s Most Famous Dessert  . . .  how it was advertised . . . which flavors were introduced and which ones failed . . . .  the saga of the Waits and the Woodwards . . . . and why it left LeRoy.

Lynne Belluscio has served as Executive Director of the LeRoy Historical Society for over 20 years.  Best known for her lectures on the history of Jell-O – which was invented in LeRoy, Lynne has also served as Chairman of the Western New York Association of Historical Agencies, and President of the Association of Living History, Farms and Agricultural Museums .  Most recently she has served on the Council of Affiliates of the American Association of Museums and has been a representative to the European Outdoor Air Museum Association.

This event is free and open to the public. The Olean Public Library is located 134 North Second Street, Olean , New York . For more information please call the Reference Desk at (716) 372-0200 or visit the website at


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