November 24, 2009

Vassar And Thanksgiving

What do the histories of Vassar and Thanksgiving have in common?

Sarah Josepha Hale, the editor of a popular 19th century women's journal, suggested that Matthew Vassar remove the word "female" from the original name of the college, Vassar Female College. The trustees obeyed, and that's why there is an empty space between the slates for "Vassar" and "College" above the entrance to Main Building.

Hale is also responsible for Thanksgiving becoming a national holiday. Back in the day, Hale wrote editorials proclaiming that the holiday should officially take place on the last Thursday of each November. President Lincoln obliged in 1863.

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to read more about Hale's contributions to life as we know it. Have a relaxing break, readers!

11.24.09 10:25pm

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