I'm a bit of a history nerd, and I love the chance to learn more about history but also to experiment and explore history. Does that sound strange? Perhaps. The things is, history will stay history if we don't somehow bring it into the present. We can do this by just reading about it, but if we do something with history, then we're going to retain a lot more knowledge about what's gone on before we were here. Who doesn't like having random facts and fun stories to share? I know I do!
So, I'm starting a new series called Today in History along with the hashtag #historicshakeology . My plan is to learn more about what has happened in the past, and connect that to my day-to-day life by finding or creating Shakeology recipes that tie to it. Not only will this give me an excuse to learn more, it will help push me out of my comfort zone with Shakeology - win/win!
That brings us to the today that happened 85 years ago!
On July 7, 1930, construction on the Hoover Dam began.
This was the very very beginning of construction on the entire Hoover Dam area; according to a memo that was released by the Department of the Interior on this date, "The first day's work began the staking out of the railroad and the construction road, surveys of which have already been completed, laying out streets for the town site, and continuation of surveys for the town site". (This is why many dates for its construction are listed as 1931, which is also true in a way. But July 7, 1930 marks the beginning of construction on the project in its entirety).
The Hoover Dam is located on the Arizona-Nevada border, and was originally planned to control flooding and irrigation, as well as create hydroelectric power. At any given time between the beginning of its construction and its ending, there were an average of 21,000 builders employed. As the USA was suffering from the Great Depression throughout its entire construction, this was a blessing to many people who may not have found work otherwise.
The Hoover Dam is named, of course, for President Hoover because of his efforts in getting it built. Before being named the Hoover Dam, it was simply called the Boulder Canyon project. That brings us to the Shakeology I made today in honor of the Hoover Dam: Cherry Candy!
I did some research on President Hoover, and one thing that I repeatedly noticed was that one of his favorite foods was cherries. So it seemed natural to make a cherry shake in honor of that!
One word comes to mind with this: YUM! I loved it, it was simple, tasty and had so much flavor. I will definitely be adding this to my rotation - and I will be thinking of President Hoover and the Hoover Dam when I do!
There ya go - my very first Today in History post! What do you think of this idea?