Groundhog Day

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Stackpole Books, 2003 - History - 144 pages
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Explores the national phenomenon of Groundhog Day, opening with a look at the annual celebration in Punxsutawney. The author investigates the holiday's European origins, recounts the history of the groundhog as weather prognosticator in America -- from ethnic symbol to pop culture hero -- and traces the groundhog's appearance in poetry, songs, and recipes. Other weather lore and weather-predicting days are also discussed.
 

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Contents

Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney
1
From Punxsutawney to the World
19
The Origins of Groundhog Day
41
Natures Groundhog
53
Groundhog Lodges
63
Groundhog on the Table
83
Groundhog Culture
93
Other Weather Lore
111
Festivals and Souvenirs
129
Bibliography
131
Index
140
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Don Yoder was cofounder of the Pennsylvania Folklife Society, longtime editor of its journal Pennsylvania Folklife, and Professor of Folklife Studies at the University of Pennsylvania from 1956 to 1996. He currently resides in Devon, Pennsylvania.

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