Book/Printed Material The frontier holiday; being a collection of writings by Minnesota pioneers who recorded their divers ways of observing Christmas, Thanksgiving, and New Year's.

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Title
The frontier holiday; being a collection of writings by Minnesota pioneers who recorded their divers ways of observing Christmas, Thanksgiving, and New Year's.
Summary
This collection of brief first-person descriptions and anecdotes chronicles how Christmas, New Year's, and Thanksgiving were celebrated in nineteenth-century Minnesota. The materials are drawn from documents at the Minnesota Historical Society, and many have appeared before in print. They range from Zebulon Pike's journal entries for December 25, 1805 and January 1, 1806 (which mention extra rations and presents for members of his expedition) to translated excerpts from the Swedish writer's Hugo Nisbeth's travel narrative, Two Years in America (1872-1874). Most of these accounts date from the middle of the century. Topics include a community Christmas celebrated in the schoolhouse; New Year's open houses; Christmas in early Minneapolis, Winona, and Fort Snelling; Christmas customs adapted by Native Americans; and a Thanksgiving feast.
Contributor Names
Hanson, Glenn, ed.
Created / Published
St. Paul, Published by The North Central Publishing Company, 1948.
Subject Headings
-  Frontier and pioneer life--Minnesota
-  Holidays--Minnesota
Notes
-  "Reprinted from newspapers and manuscripts in the [Minnesota] Historical Society's collections."
-  Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress Web site.
Medium
46 p. illus. 23 cm.
Call Number/Physical Location
F606 .H25
Digital Id
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.gdc/lhbum.48053
Library of Congress Control Number
49048053
Language
English
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Description
This collection of brief first-person descriptions and anecdotes chronicles how Christmas, New Year's, and Thanksgiving were celebrated in nineteenth-century Minnesota. The materials are drawn from documents at the Minnesota Historical Society, and many have appeared before in print. They range from Zebulon Pike's journal entries for December 25, 1805 and January 1, 1806 (which mention extra rations and presents for members of his expedition) to translated excerpts from the Swedish writer's Hugo Nisbeth's travel narrative, Two Years in America (1872-1874). Most of these accounts date from the middle of the century. Topics include a community Christmas celebrated in the schoolhouse; New Year's open houses; Christmas in early Minneapolis, Winona, and Fort Snelling; Christmas customs adapted by Native Americans; and a Thanksgiving feast.
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Chicago citation style:

Hanson, Glenn, editor. The frontier holiday; being a collection of writings by Minnesota pioneers who recorded their divers ways of observing Christmas, Thanksgiving, and New Year's. St. Paul, Published by The North Central Publishing Company, 1948. Pdf. https://www.loc.gov/item/49048053/.

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Hanson, G., editor. (1948) The frontier holiday; being a collection of writings by Minnesota pioneers who recorded their divers ways of observing Christmas, Thanksgiving, and New Year's. St. Paul, Published by The North Central Publishing Company. [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/49048053/.

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Hanson, Glenn, editor. The frontier holiday; being a collection of writings by Minnesota pioneers who recorded their divers ways of observing Christmas, Thanksgiving, and New Year's. St. Paul, Published by The North Central Publishing Company, 1948. Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/49048053/>.

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