Recipes for St. Patrick’s

Pull out your green clothes and shine your shamrocks, for St. Patrick’s Day is here again. If you’re in need of a few solid recipes for your St. Patrick’s Day feast, look no further: Newspapers throughout the years are here to provide.

First up, a festive side for your dinner table: Shamrock rolls (1941):

Shamrock Rolls, 1941And from 1950, a subtly festive drink with just a hint of green:

Something to drink, St. Patrick's Day, 1950

Here’s something easy enough for the kiddos to make, from the Boys and Girls Newspaper in The Gazette and Daily (1950):

Junior Recipes: Cabbage-and-Pineapple Salad, 1950

If you’re a bit more adventurous but like easy prep, you might try this salad or this casserole, which together fulfill the corned beef and cabbage requirements of a St. Patrick’s Day meal (1979):

St. Patrick's Day Recipes

That Emerald Salad doesn’t seem particularly appealing, but who knows? Perhaps it’s a hidden treasure.

For your show-stopping entree, this Pot of Gold Cabbage seems like an excellent thematic choice (2001):

Pot of Gold Cabbage, 2001

And of course, what is a St. Patrick’s Day dinner party without the party? Here’s some surefire advice from domestic expert Lucy Lincoln to craft the perfect social event (1921):

St. Patrick's Party tips from Lucy Lincoln, 1921

(Though that last party game clue seems a little on the nose, wouldn’t you say?)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Hope your parties are safe, fun, and full of delicious food. Let us know if any of these dishes make an appearance at your holiday table. There are more recipes to be found from years gone by with a search on

First Valentine Memories from the Turn of the Century

This page from the Chicago Tribune, published February 11th, 1900, shares a collection of memories gathered from prominent public members of the city. Some are sweet, some sad, some entirely indifferent.

Confessions of Well Known Citizens, Their First Valentines. Chicago Tribune, Feb 1900

Here, Rev Dr. J.S. Stone shares his memories of the valentines shared in his youth:

Valentine memories, Rev J S Stone, 1900

Denis Sweenie, fire chief, had some sweet things to say about a certain significant other:

No poet's valentine compares
Librarian John Vance Cheney wishes he could remember the sweet feelings of receiving his first valentine:

The nostalgic librarian
And (this one is a personal favorite) Dr. W. A. Howard tells the absolutely adorable story of a valentine he received when he was 6 years old:

The embarrassed doctor
and his embarrassed valentine
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Happy Valentine’s Day!

First Groundhog Day

Happy Groundhog Day, one and all! On this day in 1887, the first Groundhog Day was officially celebrated in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Since then this tradition has been both beloved and besmirched, but every year a groundhog continues to faithfully emerge in towns and cities across the continent and predict the coming weather based on his shadow. Or is he just walking around, being a groundhog? Up to you!

Groundhog Predicting the Winter - Feb 1887

Below, for your enjoyment, a poem about the groundhog from 1891:

Mr Groundhog Poem - July 1891 (1/2)

Mr Groundhog Poem - July 1891 (2/2)

There are tons of articles from years gone by about the groundhog and his meteorologic capabilities (or lack thereof). Find more with a search on!

The Near-Perfect Robbery

This week in history, eleven Boston men commit one of the smoothest and most lucrative bank robberies in history.

FBI Hunts Brink Bandits

The Brinks Robbery

It took almost two years of meticulous planning for the approximately 30 minute robbery to go off without a hitch. No evidence was left behind, no one was hurt, and the group made off with over $2 million—the biggest robbery in U.S. history, at the time.


Smooth criminals

The Crime

The group agreed to leave the money untouched for six years to wait out the statute of limitations on their crime. It probably would have worked if one of the robbers, “Specs” O’Keefe, hadn’t been jailed on another charge. He got antsy about his cut, the group sent a hitman to keep him quiet, and he escaped with both his life and a deal with the FBI.

O'Keefe Admits Part in Robbery

O'Keefe, witness during the trial of the Brinks Robbery in which he participated

Six of the men were arrested with less than a week to go on the statute of limitations. Two more were caught a few months later, and the other two died before the trial began. All were given life sentences except O’Keefe, who received 4 years. Only $58.000 of the 2 million was ever recovered, and the location of the rest has since become a thing of legend.

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Grand Canyon Declared a National Monument

Grand Canyon

On this day in 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt makes the Grand Canyon an official national monument—800,000 acres of it, anyway. That sounds like a lot, and it is—it’s about two-thirds of the canyon’s massive size.

Grand Canyon declared a national monument

President Roosevelt was dedicated to environmental conservation, so much so that he was called the Father of Conservation (though he’s not the only one to earn such a title). Protecting the Grand Canyon with his declaration was just one of many steps taken during his presidency to preserve the landscapes and wildlife he’d admired all his life.

On the Grand Canyon becoming a national monument:

Have you been to the Grand Canyon? Got plans to go in the future? It certainly is a sight to see.

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Traditions of Christmas

Christmas is here! And with it comes a slew of silly and strange traditions that span the globe. Here are just a few found in the pages of

1. The Krampus

In recent decades the Krampus tradition has become a little controversial, as parents and others fear that perhaps he brings more fear than cheer during the usually happy holiday season.

2. The Tio
Caga tio: the pooping log

3. The Christmas Pickle
Pickle Ornament

This pickle ornament tradition has been referenced before in a past blog post, which includes many more interesting traditions for your perusal.

4. Zwarte Piet
Zwarte Piet (Black Peter)

Black Peter has been accused of having some racist implications, and like the Krampus (with whom he is often conflated) he is a Christmas tradition many would rather do without.

5. Mari Lwyd
Mari Lwyd

Mari Lwyd 2

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! What kind of fun (or funny) traditions do you have for the holiday season?

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The Resignation of George Washington

On this day in 1783, with the American Revolutionary War officially at an end, George Washington resigns as commander in chief.

George Washington resigns, 1783

This clipping is the end of his speech, which you can see in full here.

Washington’s resignation put an end to the hopes of many politicians (and citizens) that he would lead the nation as their new king. His retirement from public life was also pretty short-lived; five years later, in 1788, Washington was elected as the first president of the United States.

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