by Delia

The Uniform Monday Holiday Act of 1968 created Washington's Birthday on the third Monday of each February. Washington was born February 11, 1731, but due to Great Britain's change from the Julian to the Gregorian Calendar in 1752, which not only moved the calendar forward eleven days, but also made January 1st the start of the new year, instead of March 25th, he switched his birthday to February 22, 1732, to reflect this change. His birthday became a holiday for Federal workers in the District of Columbia in 1879, then expanded to all Federal workers in 1885. Lincoln's birthday (February 12) has never been an official holiday, but businesses began using the term Presidents' Day, and several states made their official holidays "Presidents' Day."

Whatever you call it, The Genealogy Center will be open its regular hours, 9A to 9P, and staff members will be here to answer questions and guide you in your research. Presidents' Day has traditionally been a great day for researchers, so come on in!