While I love browsing online, it just isnâ€™t the same as scanning the shelves at a public library. The other night when looking for a different book, I came across a handy little volume. â€œFrewâ€™s Daily Archiveâ€”A Calendar of Commemorations,â€ by Andrew Frew (McFarland & Company, 1984), is a daily accounting of special days and holidays. A list of commemorative days for each May includes well-known events such as Kentucky Derby Day and Motherâ€™s Day but how many of us knew that this month is also known for the Festival of the Hare. That one will take a little more research. Under each day for a given month are holidays celebrated and notable events. For instance I learned that on 8 May 1878, Paul Hines of the Providence Greys made the first Major League triple play on record. Thatâ€™s a bit a baseball trivia to file away for the future. Maybe thatâ€™s not useful to your family history, but knowing that Minnesota joined the Union on 11 May 1858 might help you date a photograph of your relatives posed on their front porch waving the flag.Â
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