05 June 2009

National Doughnut Day!

Now here is a topic very near and dear to my heart. And my thighs.

The first Friday in June is a day that I look forward to. Just about all the shops give away free doughnuts. I have had my route mapped out for months now.

According to
Holiday Insights -

"National Doughnut Day was established in 1938 by the Chicago Salvation Army to raise much-needed funds during the Great Depression, and to honor the work of World War I Salvation Army volunteers who prepared doughnuts and other foods for thousands of soldiers."

What do doughnuts have to do with genealogy you ask? Well alot more than you may think.

When I was at IGHR last year, I had been invited to a little after hours soiree in the dorms. I was involved in a serious discussion regarding doughnuts and the boxes they come in. In California, doughnuts come in all kinds of shapes and sizes and after making your selection, they are carried home in a large PINK box.

In the South, I was told, doughnuts come in plain white boxes that resemble a shirt box from Macy's.

See - cultural differences which fall into the category of social history, which falls into the larger category of history, which has alot to do with researching your ancestors!

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