Wawa, Inc. celebrates the 45th anniversary of its popular convenience stores in April 2009. The company’s long history began in 1803 with an iron foundry and expanded to include grist and saw mills, a glass works, and a cotton textile mill. Profits from cotton textiles enabled the establishment of a dairy farm in Wawa, Pennsylvania in 1902. The dairy’s operations eventually spawned the convenience store chain which is now well-known throughout the mid-Atlantic region.

The Hagley Library helps tell the story of Wawa, Inc. through collections of photographs and archival materials from the company’s public relations department.

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Generous support for the exhibit and digitization was provided by Wawa, Inc.