The following guest post is by Amber Paranick, a librarian in the Newspaper & Current Periodical Reading Room. Amber collaborated with us before showcasing early U.S. articles related to ice hockey from the Chronicling America database in the post “King of Winter Sports.” The history of the Thanksgiving holiday can be traced back to 1621, […]
Every Thanksgiving people stock up on the food and ingredients they will need for their feasts. Because retailers want shoppers, and their goal is to let people know what they have and what deals are to be had, special fliers are run in newspapers and commercials are aired on television. This advertisement from the Rock […]
…we thought it might be interesting to explore what the soldiers ate during that war and how they celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday.
By all that is sacred in our hopes for the human race, I conjure those who love happiness and truth to give a fair trial to the vegetable system- Percy Bysshe Shelley. When I asked our culinary specialist, Alison Kelly, for advice for a Thanksgiving blog post she eagerly shared with me The Vegetarian Thanksgiving […]
The Library offers Saturday orientations/classes and sometimes Business Reference takes their turn. Instead of doing our general Business Research Orientation, we are teaching So…you want to research old companies at the Library of Congress. We have given this class before and because there was interest, we are doing it again on November 30. While the […]
With shopping for presents, holiday parties and travel, the Christmas season is a busy time for everyone. In all the rushing about, hopefully everyone has left enough time to mail what needs to be mailed, because Christmas is an especially BUSY time of year for the U.S. Postal Service. This is not a new phenomenon. […]
This post was authored by Stephanie Marcus, Science Reference Librarian in the Science, Technology, and Business Division. Even from 512 miles above the Earth, holiday lights shine bright. Miguel Román, who is a research physical scientist and remote sensing specialist in the Terrestrial Information Systems Laboratory at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, has been looking […]
Pumpkin is native to North America; it was brought to Europe as part of the “Columbian Exchange”. But, as van der Donck noted, the pumpkins growing in the New World were generally more plentiful, larger and tastier than the pumpkins produced in 17th century England or France: “pumpkins grow with little or no cultivating.
On this day in 1918 the featured Cracker Jack ad appeared in Washington, D.C.’s Evening Star suggesting folks ship the treat to troops overseas for Thanksgiving. The fine print in the middle of the ad states: Cracker Jack is a favorite with soldiers and sailors everywhere. They learned to love it before the war, and […]
Black Friday, which has marked the beginning of the Christmas shopping season for decades, is not until the day after Thanksgiving, but every year it seems that the Christmas shopping season comes earlier and earlier. This year, in some stores Christmas displays have appeared in September! However, this isn’t necessarily a new phenomenon — the […]