Holidays

New Year’s 1900: Y1.9K

Do you remember when New Year’s Eve 1999 was dominated by Y2K fears? (I know, it seems so naive, in retrospect.) Was there a similar Y1.9K crisis? What were Edwardian era fears? Thanks to the Library of Congress’s Chronicling America catalog of historical American newspapers from 1690 to the present, I was able to take …

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An Edwardian Christmas: Philippines Edition

An hour later they safely stumbled into a cluster of chromatic light. Georgie wondered if she had fallen under some kind of enchantment….Surrounding the church were hundreds of colorful star-shaped lanterns hanging off white-blossomed frangipani trees. Georgie stood frozen in place, overwhelmed by the feeling that she had entered a secret village of wood sprites. …

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An Historical Halloween

A round up of a few Halloween history posts! Halloween in Gilded Age America Halloween Paradoxes from 1912 Dennison’s Bogie Book of Halloween Haunted Mansion of the Gilded Age: Thornewood Halloween For Adults: A Scary History A History of Halloween Celebrations at the White House A Cloying Kernel of Evil: The History of Candy Corn

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