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 Newspapers.com!