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Yankee Magazine Celebrates 80th Anniversary
By Presenting A Special Fall Issue:
The 80 Gifts New England Gave To America

– Gifts Include The Frisbee, Paper bag, Gourmet Ice Cream And L.L. Bean –

With Vivid Storytelling And Stunning Photography, Yankee Covers What Makes New England Unique

DUBLIN, NH (August 10, 2015) – When Yankee launched in September 1935, the magazine had 14 official subscribers. How times have changed, and yet some things have remained – illustrated by the renowned storytelling and glorious photography and paintings in Yankee’s celebratory 80th anniversary fall issue (Sept./Oct.): The 80 Gifts New England Gave To America.

The entire issue is dedicated to showcasing the many contributions New England gave to America through its culture, food, geography, home and people. While the focus is New England, Americans all over will enjoy and appreciate how one region’s contributions are woven into the fabric of an entire nation.

“To celebrate this special 80th-anniversary issue, we’re shining a bright light on the extraordinary gifts that New England has given to America,” writes Mel Allen, editor of Yankee. “For eight decades now, Yankee has been the caretaker of those gifts and of the tradition they represent. The pages…will highlight 80 of the gifts we treasure most, arranged without regard to rank or chronology.”

A look at some of gifts selected for the 80th anniversary issue include:


– Start-ups and universities continuing an old New England tradition. From the next generation robot and software that converts architectural plans into three-dimensional digital environments, to using a protein found in silk to stabilize vaccines, so transport and storage can be handled without refrigeration. Scott Kirsner writes, “New England doesn’t have a monopoly on ingenuity and entrepreneurial drive…but we’ve been at it longer than many parts of the world.” (pgs. 105-106)


– The Perfect Setting (#13) – the two centuries old Jenne Farm in Reading, Vt., the most photographed farm in New England, possibly in all of North America. The farm has been featured in calendars, postcards, advertisements and movies, including Forrest Gump and Funny Farm. The Jennes have been on this land since 1790 (pg. 40).
– The Most Beautiful Train Ride You’ll Ever Take (#14) – Conway Scenic Railroad, N. Conway, N.H. (pgs. 41-44).
– Apple Season (#18) – A description and list of New England Apple Orchards featuring not only beautiful settings, but also heirloom apples (pgs. 48-50).
– A Foliage Road Trip (#15) – along the Kancamagus Highway in N.H., which may be the most scenic 34.5-mile drive in New England, writes Ian Aldrich, in “K Is for Kancamagus Highway” (pg. 45).

Additional destination points and travel tips are featured throughout the issue.


– The Cape Cod House (#20). Early New Englanders invented it out of necessity, writes Bruce Irving, but its charm and ingenuity made it an American icon that has stood the test of time. Those early Puritan had a different model, but adapted their design to the much tougher N.E. climate (pg. 54).


– Boston-born Fannie Farmer, the mother of good cooking (#25). She changed the world with a simple idea. Home cooking was a serious pursuit — her lasting legacy is the modern recipe (pg. 67).
– The birthplace of the hamburger sandwich, Louis’ Lunch, New Haven, CT. (#36). Amy Traverso, senior lifestyle editor, writes that in 1900 when a harried customer asked for something he could eat on the go, Louis Lassen, a Danish blacksmith turned food peddler, who was selling lunch from his cart, slapped a ground-steak patty between two slices of toast, and Voilà! (pg. 82).

Throughout the magazine classic New England recipes are provided, such as Boston Brown Bread, Apple Dutch Cake, Baked Stuffed Fish, Indian pudding – the region’s most iconic dessert – and of course, chowder.

Additionally, Yankee’s 80th Anniversary issue features a story on America’s last wooden whaleship, the Charles W. Morgan; Civil War heroism and tragedy, the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment; and one man’s determined mission to save New England’s covered bridges (# 38 – 44) (pgs. 90-99).

Yankee also looks at…

– Yankee ingenuity, such as the Glenwood Cookstove – America’s first true appliance, the Frisbee Pie Company – unbeknownst inventor of the Frisbee, the country store, wicker furniture, the flea market, Tupperware, and the board game Monopoly
– The homes of many great American writers, such as Emily Dickinson (Amherst, MA.), Robert Frost, (Derry, N.H.) Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe (both of Hartford, CT.)
– Where Presidents came to relax, including, Dwight D. Eisenhower (Newport, R.I.), John F. Kennedy (Hyannis, MA., Newport, R.I., Maine coast), George H.W. Bush (Kennebunkport, ME.), Bill Clinton and Barack Obama (Martha’s Vineyard, MA.)
– And notable New Englanders, including Stephen King (ME.), W.E.B. Du Bois (Great Barrington, MA.), Christa McAuliffe (Concord, MA), E.B. White (ME.), Ted Williams (Boston Red Sox), L.L. Bean (Freeport, ME.), Theodor S. Geisel (Springfield, MA.).

In the final pages, Editor Allen writes that no anniversary issue would be complete without recognizing the contributions of “the Yankee’s Yankee,” Editor-in-Chief Judson D. Hale Sr., who has been with the magazine for 57 years. “He is New England to the core” (#81).

For more information about Yankee’s 80th Anniversary issue (Sept./Oct.), visit:

Additional content and information on each gift listed is in the “Resources” section, (pgs. 156–158).

About Yankee

Yankee: New England’s Magazine was founded in 1935 and is based in Dublin, New Hampshire. It is the only magazine devoted to New England through its coverage of travel, home, food, and feature stories. With a total circulation of nearly 300,000 and a total audience of 1.8 million readers, it is published by Yankee Publishing Inc. (YPI) is a family-owned, independent magazine publisher. YPI also owns the nation’s oldest continuously produced periodical, The Old Farmer’s Almanac, and McLean Communications. More information about Yankee is available at:

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