December 23, 2016
Friday Faves: Dec. 23

Connect to links we love, programs we admire, events to look forward to, folks to follow and great work in the public humanities.

As you prepare for the holidays, check out our final faves of 2016!

George Hanlin, director of grants:

  • My parents were none too happy when I sang “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” at the family’s Christmas celebration circa 1983, and I suppose other moms and dads felt the same. But despite decades of disdain, the song has become a yuletide chestnut, and mental_floss has the story.

  • The holiday-music jukebox features a classic song with Hoosier connections too: “Jingle Bell Rock,” made famous by Martinsville, Indiana, native Bobby Helms. This Indianapolis Star article from a few years ago offers a few insights into the song’s origins.

  • Finally, did you know that Benjamin Harrison of Indiana was the first president to have a Christmas tree in the White House? The White House Historical Association presents this tidbit and other holiday trivia on its website.

Kristen Fuhs Wells, director of communications and development:

  • As someone who loves to eat like a local, I’m intrigued by this CityLab article about what makes food ‘American’ and how flavors can unite a people.

Leah Nahmias, director of programs:

  • Shirley Hazzard, who wrote two books, both of them transcendent, passed away last week. Her lovely, delicate and sometimes difficult novel The Great Fire is one of my all-time favorites. If you need something transportive to read over the holidays, let it be this.

Keira Amstutz, president and CEO:

Jacqueline Cromleigh, communications and community relations manager:

Bronwen Fetters, executive assistant and program associate:

What are your favorite highlights from the week? We would love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Photo via Mental_Floss
Photo via Mental_Floss
Photo via CityLab
Photo via CityLab
Photo via The New York Times
Photo via The New York Times
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