NIBBLING at the History of Thanksgiving

For centuries, Thanksgiving has been a favorite American holiday.  During one of America’s bleakest years, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, one of America’s greatest politicians, stumbled badly when he attempted to change the traditional Thanksgiving holiday. Since Abraham Lincoln’s presidency, Americans customarily celebrated Thanksgiving on the last Thursday in November. The month of November 1939 featured five Thursdays. Calendar manufacturers had

Christmases-past were Florida style!

Cactus-fruit pies, jousting competitions, and contraband bottles of whiskey washing ashore have made for some memorable Christmases-past in Florida. Over the years, despite frontier hardships, wars and storms, folks have found distinctive ways to celebrate the religious holiday in Florida. The first Christmas celebration on Florida soil is thought to have been the very first in North America. Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto and his entourage of more than 600

Defining Florida’s Quality of Life at 2019 Future of Florida Forum

Arts and culture are vital to the future of Florida, and play a key role in why more than 900 people are moving to Florida every day. Florida’s hidden gems will take center stage during the 2019 Future of Florida Forum as Florida Humanities Executive Director Steve Seibert shares with statewide business leaders how the humanities are helping to define Florida’s quality of life. The Florida Chamber Foundation's Future of
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