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Mohonk Mountain House, Fourth of July

Mohonk Mountain House, Mohonk Lake, N.Y., July 4, 1913

An aerial view of Mohonk Mountain House in the Hudson Valley, an embossed border, and a red, white and blue ribbon all distinguish this July 4, 1913 menu from that of an ordinary day. The historic hotel was founded by brothers Albert and Alfred Smiley in 1869 and is still managed and operated by the Smiley family today.

In lieu of picnics or barbeques, the guests at the resort that summer dined from a full table d'hote menu and chose from several patriotically-named dishes: consomme Betsy Ross, fresh ox tongue Independence, sweetbread croquettes Republic, cherry surprise Washington, and lemon jelly America.

From the Culinary Institute of America Menu Collection, Smiley Family Menu Collection, menu 27-263.