History for the Rest of Us

Chocolate Chip Cookie History

Chocolate Chip Cookie History

May 14, 2013

In 1930, Ruth Graves Wakefield and her husband Kenneth purchased the Toll House Inn in Whitman Massachusetts where they served traditional colonial meals. Ruth’s tradition was to serve homemade cookies that the travelers who stopped there could take home. While preparing chocolate cookies, she realized she didn’t have the baker’s chocolate she...

Mercuralia – Festival of Mercury

Mercuralia – Festival of Mercury

May 14, 2013

Mercuralia was a Roman celebration that was also known as the ‘Festival of Mercury’. Mercury, was a Roman messenger god whose attributes were mainly borrowed from the Greek god Hermes although there are myths regarding Mercury that are distinctly Roman. He was a god of trade, thieves, and travel. The name is closely related to merx, mercari, and...

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo

May 4, 2013

Cinco de Mayo is observed mainly in the state of Puebla, Mexico in commemoration of the Mexican Army’s surprising victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. The Mexican-American War, Mexican Civil War and the Reform Wars had left the Mexican Treasury near bankruptcy. President Benito Juarez suspended all foreign debt payments for two...