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The Origins of Halloween Traditions

Posted by: Heather Thomas

Carving pumpkins, trick-or-treating, and wearing scary costumes are some of the time-honored traditions of Halloween. Yet, the Halloween holiday has its roots in the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (a Gaelic word pronounced "SAH-win"), a pagan religious celebration to welcome the harvest at the end of summer, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor saints. Soon after, All Saints Day came to incorporate some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before All Saints Day was known as All Hallows Eve, and later, Halloween. Here is a look at the origins of some of the classic Halloween traditions we know today.

A child carrying a bundle of newspapers in one hand, the other arm held high with a copy of the Anchorage Daily Times, the headline reading

Serial Fiction, Part 1.

Posted by: Amber Paranick

During the 19th century, people read serialized novels the way we watch episodic TV. Momentum was built with each installment and readers tuned in each week (or month) to find out what happened after the last cliffhanger. This is part 1 of a 3-part series that spans the history of serialized fiction in periodicals.

A child carrying a bundle of newspapers in one hand, the other arm held high with a copy of the Anchorage Daily Times, the headline reading

Women’s Fashion History Through Newspapers: 1941-1960

Posted by: Library of Congress

On Sept. 8, 2021, “Headlines and Heroes” published a blog post highlighting women’s fashion in the 20th century as shown in newspapers. Although we are proud to enhance discoverability of the Library’s Chronicling America newspaper collections, the blog post used content from the Fashion History Timeline from the Fashion Institute of Technology in an inappropriate manner. After …

A child carrying a bundle of newspapers in one hand, the other arm held high with a copy of the Anchorage Daily Times, the headline reading

Women’s Fashion History Through Newspapers: 1921-1940

Posted by: Library of Congress

On July 20, 2021, “Headlines and Heroes” published a blog post highlighting women’s fashion in the 20th century as shown in newspapers. Although we are proud to enhance discoverability of the Library’s Chronicling America newspaper collections, the blog post used content from the Fashion History Timeline from the Fashion Institute of Technology in an inappropriate manner. After …

A child carrying a bundle of newspapers in one hand, the other arm held high with a copy of the Anchorage Daily Times, the headline reading

Women’s Fashion History Through Newspapers: 1900-1920

Posted by: Library of Congress

On June 9, 2021, “Headlines and Heroes” published a blog post highlighting women’s fashion in the 20th century as shown in newspapers. Although we are proud to enhance discoverability of the Library’s Chronicling America newspaper collections, the blog post used content from the Fashion History Timeline from the Fashion Institute of Technology in an inappropriate manner. After …

Excerpt from a newspaper showing a large bold headline reading: Tulsa's Terrible Tale is Told. Below the headline are three small photographs showing damage to Tulsa and nurses who volunteered to help.

Tulsa Race Massacre: Newspaper Complicity and Coverage

Posted by: Malea Walker

The following is a guest post by Arlene Balkansky. Arlene recently retired from being a librarian in the Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading Room, and was a regular writer for Headlines and Heroes. One hundred years ago, Greenwood, a prosperous Black neighborhood in Tulsa, Oklahoma, described as Black Wall Street, was destroyed by white mobs in …