Popsicle Sticks - 11 - 26

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The American Treasure Tour blog aspires to tantalize you with the wonders of our collection, located in Oaks, Pennsylvania.  Today, we are going to talk a little bit about the popsicle, in honor of one of the newest additions to our collection:  a world record-breaking castle made out of over 390,000 popsicle sticks and 4-1/2 gallons' worth of glue.  Rather than actually show you our castle, though, we want to tell you a little bit about the popsicle stick itself (and yes, we recognize this is a teaser).

The first recorded instance of someone enjoying a frozen treat on a stick occurred in Oakland, California by accident.  The year was 1905 and 11 year-old Frank Epperson left a glass full of water on his backyard over what turned out to be an extremely cold night.  The catch - the water had flavored powder in it that he had mixed with a wooden stick.  The stick froze in the water, and the next day he was able to lift the concoction out of the glass using the mixing stick as a handle.  Eighteen years later, Epperson patented his creation, and the popsicle became a popular treat!  (Now, come and visit our castle!)


What is the most popular flavor of popsicle today?  (Please note:  the name Popsicle is a registered trademark and should be capitalized.  Shame on us!)

a)  Tomato

b)  Cherry

c)  Boysenberry

d)  Blue

e)  Strawberry

Answer Below.



Development of the holiday of Thanksgiving occurred gradually, over the course of decades.  In 1789, the first President of the United States, George Washington, recommended to Congress that a day of Thanksgiving be officially recognized by the new government.  They conceded, but it was not until 1863, under Abraham Lincoln, that Thanksgiving received the status of an official federal holiday to be observed on the final Thursday of November (the 26th being the date of the first "official" Thanksgiving.


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November 26th, 1792 was the birthday of a woman who has largely, unfortunately, been forgotten by many.  Sarah Grimke was the daughter of a wealthy South Carolinian who grew up in the shadow of slavery.  Revolted by the "peculiar institution," she moved north and became an outspoken abolitionist, giving lectures on the subject and eventually realizing that another group of Americans were also being overlooked:  women.  She is regarded as the first major speaker on women's rights as well, paving the way for the suffrage movement. Happy birthday, Sarah, and thank you for your good works!

QUOTE:  I know nothing of man's rights, or women's rights; human rights are all that I recognize.  -- Sarah Grimke

Answer:  b)  Cherry