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Candy as Medicine in the 1890s

on 12/20/22 2:44 PM By | Wayne Hill | 0 Comments | Recreation Living green History
In the 1890s, medicine was largely unregulated in the United States. While professional organizations for doctors and nurses existed, many Americans, including most rural farmers, relied on heirloom family recipes for relief of coughs and colds.
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Among the Leaves So Green: Victorian Holiday Traditions

on 12/9/22 7:57 AM By | Emaly Allison | 0 Comments | Recreation Living green History
Many of the holiday traditions we follow today have come from around the world as emigrants moved to the U.S. or were created here during the 19th century as part of an ever-growing fascination with the winter season and its holidays. These traditions we hold onto so dearly were once brand-new and quite expensive for the average person during the latter part of the 19th century.
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1890s Holiday Candy Making

on 11/17/22 2:40 PM By | Wayne Hill | 0 Comments | Recreation Living green History
Candy confections were a sweet part of historic holiday farm life. In 1895, both the Sears and Roebuck Co. and Montgomery Ward Co. catalogs had candy departments where families could purchase supplies to make their heirloom candy recipes. The catalogs offered over 30 different flavors of oil alone.
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Top 5 Picks for the Perfect Picnic

The warm weather and long days of summer invite people to be outdoors, and what better way to enjoy the outdoors than by having a picnic.
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6 Easy Tips for Successful Composting

on 5/20/22 8:40 AM By | Derek Gronlund | 0 Comments | Insider Conservation Nature Living green
Composting at home is one of the easiest ways you can make a positive impact on the environment and your garden.
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Soak in the Solar

on 3/10/21 3:43 PM By | Dave Andrusyk | 0 Comments | Insider Locations Conservation Golf Willowbrook Living green
As we celebrate International Solar Appreciation Day on Thursday, March 10, let’s look at the many ways we benefit from the sun and how we can harness its energy to help create clean sustainable energy.
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