Monthly Archives: February 2015

Historic Book Acquisitions II

Tonight I will share with you more of my Historic Book Acquisitions.

I am always on the lookout for books about historic events or people. The first section of the library book sale that I check out is usually the History section.

Patrick Gass, Lewis and Clark Expedition, Carol Lynn MacGregor, JournalsToday I picked up The Journals of Patrick Gass. The journals are edited and annotated by Carol Lynn MacGregor.

Patrick Gass was a member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. I am looking forward to reading this book someday and learning more about the expedition from the view of one of the members.

The Story of Liberty, Charles C. Coffin, Magna Carta, Pilgrims, LibertyA couple of weeks ago I picked up The Story of Liberty by Charles C. Coffin. When I first looked at the cover I thought that the book would be about the Plymouth Plantation and the Pilgrims.

However as I opened the book I found that it covered 500 years of history starting with King John and the Magna Charta and ending with the Pilgrim migration to Plymouth Plantation.

The book was originally published in 1879. A new edition was published in 1987 in an effort to once again bring notice to events that have been edited out of or minimized in recent History texts.

George Washington, Benedict Arnold, The Tale of Two Patriots, Dave R. Palmer, West PointI have had this book for several months now, and it is the only one of the four that I have read. I picked this book up at Half Price Books, which is another of my sources for used books.

George Washington and Benedict Arnold: A Tale of Two Patriots by Dave R. Palmer was definitely a good acquisition. It is source material for a post that I plan to write in the future on Revolutionary Generals. Recently I have been reading books about George Washington, Benedict Arnold and Nathanael Greene.

I am related to both Benedict Arnold and Nathanael Greene through the same branch of my family. Benedict Arnold and Nathanael Greene were both third cousins of my 6th Great Grandmother Sarah Greene who married Captain John Rhodes.

Benedict Arnold in the Company of Heroes, Arthur S. Lefkowitz, Patriots, Canada, Revolutionary WarI also picked up Benedict Arnold in the Company of Heroes by Arthur S. Lefkowitz at Half Price Books. This book  is about the expedition to Canada that was led by Benedict Arnold.

This book brings back memories of reading Arundel by Kenneth Roberts when I was in high school. They both cover the Battle of Quebec. Kenneth Roberts also wrote Rabble in Arms which covers the Battle of Saratoga in which Benedict Arnold played a major part.

Now to get reading 🙂




International Pancake Day

Today we had a pancake breakfast at work in our department. I wondered if it had been planned for a specific reason. I decided to do a little bit of googling.

Pancake Day, Shrove Tuesday, Fat Tuesday, PancakesI googled pancake day 2015 and Google returned Tuesday, February 17. Shrove Tuesday 2015.

IHOP Pancake Day, 2015, Pancakes, National Pancake DayI googled national pancake day and Saturday, February 28. National Pancake Day (IHOP) 2015 appeared near the top of the list.

March 3, 2015, IHOP Pancake Day, International Pancake Day, IHOPHowever, there were other entries that showed that the IHOP National Pancake was on March 3, 2015.

So when is Pancake Day? I did find a few other sources that gave February 28 as National Pancake Day, but not one that was a good reliable source.

Plus, the National Pancake Day at IHOP is definitely on March 3. I don’t think you will get your free short stack of pancakes if you visit IHOP on Saturday.

I will get to the February 17 date, but first how about a look at the pancakes that I had this morning.

Pancakes, Syrup, Butter, Pancake Day, BreakfastHere are the pancakes after I drenched them with syrup and took them back to my desk. I really enjoyed them.

Eggo Syrup, Kellogg's Eggo, Original Syrup, Pancake DayI like to slather my pancakes with butter and then drench them with syrup. However, the syrup that I have always liked the best is the syrup that my Mom would make when I was a kid. It is a much lighter syrup than what you typically get off the shelf.

So, now back to the February 17 date for International Pancake Day. You will also notice that it said Shrove Tuesday.

Shrove Tuesday is also known as Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras. This is that last day before Ash Wednesday which is the beginning of Lent.

Since people typically give up rich foods for Lent, Shrove Tuesday became a day to use up Eggs, Sugar and Milk and what better way than to make pancakes. This led to an interesting tradition in Kansas and England.

Liberal Kansas, Pancake Race, International Pancake Race, Shrove TuesdayWe moved to Kansas just before I started Sixth Grade. That next spring we learned all about the big Pancake Race in Liberal, Kansas.

Liberal, Kansas is down in the Southwest corner of Kansas, just north of the Oklahoma panhandle. Every year on International Pancake Day (Shrove Tuesday) they have a Pancake Race. The contestants are all women and they run a course that is just less than a 1/4 mile carrying a pancake in a frying pan. They also have to flip it at both the start and finish line.

The Pancake Race is an annual event that started in 1950 in Liberal.

Olney, Buckinghamshire, England, International Pancake Day, Pancake RaceEach year they compete against the women of Olney, Buckinghamshire in England. In the map above you can see that Olney is right near Northampton and north of London.

The tradition in Olney goes back much further. The Pancake Race started sometime in the mid 1400’s. The purported source of the race tradition stemmed from a housewife who was making pancakes when the church bells starting ringing. She was late for services and took off running for the church building with her frying pan full of pancakes.

In both Liberal and Olney the Pancake Race is followed by church services.

Now I am thinking about going to IHOP next Tuesday to get some more free pancakes.