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Mint julep in a silver cup

100 years of classic mint julep recipes (1862-1962)

It seems that there are almost as many mint julep recipes as there are people who enjoy these frosty alcoholic beverages. We searched through newspaper and book archives to collect these nine julep how-tos that span a century. Take a look at what we found!
Three men on horseback racing c1885

And they’re off! Look back at the history of the Kentucky Derby

How did the Kentucky Derby get started? Now, the famous Louisville horse race is the first part of the American Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, but when it started, people didn't know how important and iconic the Derby would eventually become. Here's a look back at its history.

Looking back at the history of Chicago (1977)

It is hard to believe that only two centuries ago, Chicago was a lonely marshland of trees and tall grass, a place with an abundance of wild onions, from which the Iroquois gave it its name, Chicagou.

The Encyclopedia of American Last Names

How did your last name come to be -- and who brought it to America? Find out in this book, featuring 400 pages of information about more than a thousand last names of the original colonists and other early settlers!

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