by David Cardillo, DDNP Staff, blog contributor
President’s Day, according to History.com, was originally a celebration of President George Washington’s birthday, February 22, 1732. His birthday was commemorated in 1800, a year after his death, and observed for the better part of a century. It became a Federal holiday in 1879.
In the late Twentieth Century, Washington’s Birthday was shifted from the regular date of February 22 to the third Monday in February and became a joint celebration of every American president. Because of the confusion associated with the date change, President Abraham Lincoln, who also had a birthday in February, was lumped in with President Washington.
The Newark Post of February 28, 1917, used the holiday to report on a luncheon held by the Women’s College in honor of the holiday to showcase the home economics program of the college.
The women in the program were expected not only to cook, but to be able to prepare food on both a small (family-size) scale and a large (luncheon or dining hall) scale. For the luncheon, the women were tasked with planning room decor, including seating arrangements, in addition to the menu. The article describes how a study of home economics can fill a four-year course load by combining a study of nutrition, history, physics, chemistry, and other cultural subjects. It was a very well-rounded degree!
External source: http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/presidents-day