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Honoring Presidents in American History

Contributed by Guest Author, Grace Sammons Photo by Stephen Walker on Unsplash Today is the third Monday in February… Happy Presidents’ Day! As we celebrate and honor all U.S presidents, let’s dive into the history of this patriotic holiday! Presidents’ Day is a federal holiday that is celebrated each year on the third Monday of February. However, that wasn’t always the case. Traditionally, Americans celebrated as Washington’s Birthday on February 22, starting in 1885. It wasn’t until the Uniform Monday Holiday Act was set in place in 1971, that the holiday began taking place on the third Monday in February…

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The History of Valentine’s Day!

Contributed by guest author, Grace Sammons Vintage engraving Amour tire de l’Almanach des Muses de 1807 (Love pulls from the Almanac of the Muses of 1807) As we enter the season of rose bouquets and heart-shaped candies, I thought it’d be interesting to share the not-so-lovely story about how Cupid’s holiday came to be what it is today. The history of Valentine’s day is a bit patchy, with not a whole lot of specific details, but the story is definitely worth a share. So, to start out this story, let’s journey back to 269-270 A.D. during the reign of Roman…

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Happy Ground Hog Day!

(courtesy of Guest Author, Grace Sammons) Groundhog, groundhog, in your burrow, do we get to spring forward or will you see your shadow? With spring just around the corner, it’s that wonderful time of year where we look to our furry forecaster, the groundhog, to see if spring is here early or if we have 6 more weeks of winter. So why exactly do we do this? It’s actually quite an interesting story! Groundhog Day is a very old annual tradition dating back to 1887! The unique holiday is celebrated on the 2nd of February each year and it is…

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Sugarplums! Recipe for a Victorian Holiday Treat

In the Victorian era, sweets made of dried fruits, with nuts, spices and sugar, were special holiday treats. These “sugar plums” were carefully prepared and then put in cones of festively colored paper to hang on the Christmas tree or packaged in pretty boxes for gifts. To create a special treat, and give yourself a taste of history, try our Victorian Sugarplum Recipe. You Will Need: A pinch of ground cinnamon A pinch of ground nutmeg A pinch of allspice 1 teaspoon of orange zest 1.75 ounces of crystalized ginger, chopped 2 ounces of chopped almonds 2 ounces of chopped…

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Happy Thanksgiving 2019!

From all of us at History Unboxed, we are thankful for you, our customers. You are our “why” as we strive to make learning history a fun adventure. pumpkin pie Ah! on Thanksgiving day, when from East and from West, From North and from South comes the pilgrim and guest; When the gray-haired New Englander sees round his board The old broken links of affection restored; When the care-wearied man seeks his mother once more, And the worn matron smiles where the girl smiled before; What moistens the lip and what brightens the eye, What calls back the past, like…

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Fashion and History: 7 Fun Facts!

Courtesy of Guest Contributor, Grace Sammons . As the saying goes, everything old is new again. . Fashion is one of those things that has been, and always will be, relevant. No matter how many new trends there are, clothes are something we use each and every day. Fashion is always evolving, but sometimes something that seems new to us, isn’t really all that new. Fashion tends to repeat itself. A lot of the trends we know and love today, were the same trends that our grandparents loved too! In this post, I thought it would be fun to share…

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The Story of Jack (AKA, Mr. O’Lantern)

Photo by Beth Teutschmann on Unsplash With October coming to an end, for many people, it’s time to carve pumpkins into Jack O’ Lanterns. Have you ever wondered where this fascinating tradition comes from? In this post let’s take a dive into the history of the Jack O’ Lantern. It all starts with an Irish folktale called The Legend of Stingy Jack.  So who exactly is this “Stingy Jack?” As the story goes, Jack lived in a small Irish village. He was known among the villagers as a drunk and not a very nice person. In fact, the Devil himself…

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Happy Indigenous People’s Day!

by Stephanie Hanson Happy Indigenous Peoples Day! Or, as you might call it where you live, Columbus Day.  Why are some areas changing the name of this federal holiday? Let’s take a closer look at Christopher Columbus and find out!  When you were growing up, did you learn a poem about how “In fourteen hundred and ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue?”  The poem goes on to describe the very nice Arawak natives and how Columbus was brave and bright. You might have learned that he was “brave and bright” because he believed the world was round when everyone else…

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Game of Thrones Unboxed!!!

by Stephanie Hanson Unless you have been hiding under the proverbial rock, you have heard of the television series Game of Thrones. Known for its high body count and fantasy setting, the series is widely popular. But did you know that Game of Thrones is based on the book series, A Song of Ice and Fire, written by George R.R. Martin? And, did you know that Martin was inspired by the works of J.R.R. Tolkien (Hmm… check out those middle initials!) and the War of the Roses, as well as other historic events. Want to have a little fun?!!! Let’s…

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STEM, History and Penicillin…What?!!!

by Carol Bettencourt, History Unboxed Marketing Manager There is a lot of talk these days about the value of STEM – science, technology, engineering and math – in education. Proponents of a STEM-based education argue that: >       To remain competitive, countries must educate their next generation of innovators, engineers and scientists. >       Job prospects and income tend to be higher for those with STEM-based degrees. >       STEM skills are essential to solving lots of the world’s problems, such as environmental changes and an expanding population. All of these things are true,…

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