Contrary to our notions of a Thanksgiving feast, the first harvest celebrated by the Pilgrims with the Wampanoag in 1621 did not focus on roast turkey. According to the one preserved written account, the menu pivoted around duck, venison, seafood, and corn. Turkey only became part of the annual Thanksgiving ritual after 1863, when Abraham Lincoln declared the national holiday.
Writing in the text for The Birds of America (1827–38), the legendary naturalist-artist John James Audubon...Read More
It's officially summer, which means Coney Island is hopping with locals and tourists alike, enjoying the beach, eating hot dogs, and riding rides. On June 26, 1927 one of Coney Island's most popular and enduring rides was born--the Coney Island Cyclone!
Coasters like the Thunderbolt and the Tornado were popular additions to Coney Island's amusement parks, so Jack and Irving Rosenthal bought land previously occupied by the Giant Racer roller coaster, and hired coaster designer Vernon...Read More
Thanksgiving may have been celebrated by Pilgrims and Native Americans in New England with feasts of corn and eel (yes, eel), but it wasn’t until 1863 that it became a truly American holiday. Sarah Josepha Hale, author of the famous rhyme "Mary Had a Little Lamb," was the first to suggest that Thanksgiving should be celebrated nationwide, and after a 20 year campaign President Abraham Lincoln granted her request. Below is the official proclamation establishing Thanksgiving Day,...Read More
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