Juneteenth: Journey to Freedom

Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation officially went into effect on January 1, 1863. The proclamation declared that anyone held as a slave in the confederate states “are, and henceforward shall be free.” But it wasn’t until June 19, 1865—two years after the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect—that word reached those enslaved in Galveston, Texas. While not…

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Make Way for Pancake Day

The flat treat that makes Shrove Tuesday worth flipping over. by Kate McGowan   Many in America are familiar with Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, or Shrove Tuesday—but in the UK and Ireland, this holiday has a lesser-known nickname: Pancake Day. Whatever the name, around the world, this Tuesday (which marks the last day before the…

Winter Woes and Wonders

written by Interpreter, Kaylin Beach The National Colonial Farm imagines a fictional family—the Boltons—to reveal the realities of life for non-wealthy landowners and enslaved people in early America. How like a winter hath my absence been From thee, the pleasure of the fleeting year! What freezings have I felt, what dark days seen! What old…

Love Letters in the 18th Century

by Kate McGowan, Museum Educator “Now Letter-Writing is, to me, the most agreable Amusement and Writing to you the most entertaining and Agreable of all Letter-Writing” —John Adams to Abigail Smith, April 12th 1764 Were your Valentines this year a bit… uninspired? Are you tired of the endless stream of stale and saccharine sentiments that…