American Parties Throughout the Decades Slideshow

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Barn-Raising Parties

What's the best way to thank your neighbors for helping you out? Throwing a party for them, of course! Barn-raising parties became a popular way for new farmers to celebrate the completion of their barn, and thank the community for all of its support with the building project. Barns would be transformed from a workplace into a dance hall and social center, as neighbors and friends danced, ate, and drank together. Country comfort foods such as lemon pies, rice pudding, and cucumber pickles, would be on the menu, and farmers made sure to feature some fruits and vegetables from their own fields. Barn-raising parties still exist in America, today, especially among the Amish of Pennsylvania.

Thomas Northcut