The History behind Thanksgiving

While you get excited for the delicious meal you are going to consume today, take a moment to be reminded of the history behind this holiday.

What people commonly refer to as the “First Thanksgiving” occurred in 1621 when the Pilgrims celebrated their first harvest in Plymouth with a feast. It is reported that it was attended by 90 Native Americans and 53 Pilgrims.

When the Pilgrims first arrived in New England they spent the first few months living on the Mayflower to try and make it through the harsh winter. Many of the passengers died of exposure, scurvy and other diseases. In spring, those who had made it through the winter, moved onto the land where they were greeted by an Abenaki Indian who introduced them to a member of the Pawtuxet tribe, Squanto. Squanto helped the Pilgrims forge a harmonious relationship with the Wampanoag tribe and taught them how to cultivate the land, extract sap from maple trees, fish in local rivers and avoid poisonous plants. Without this hospitality, life in this new land would have been extremely difficult.

Thanks to this relationship, the Pilgrim’s first harvest was a success and the celebration, that included Native Americans from many tribes, lasted three days.

Over the years their colony expanded across America but it wasn’t until 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln declared a national Thanksgiving Day to be held in November each year and created the start of the modern Thanksgiving celebration. Although there may not have been pumpkin pies served at the first Thanksgiving, we are sure that the Pilgrims would have approved of a holiday centered abound being with loved ones and taking time to be thankful.

 

Written by Stephanie Thomas

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JNR is a full service, globally recognized leader in the incentive industry offering solutions for Meetings and Conferences, Incentive Travel, Special Events and Entertainment, Prepaid Card Services and AXS Contact Center Solutions. We have over 36 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies across many industries. Our clients trust our comprehensive suite of solutions that offer a better way to reach performance, productivity and loyalty objectives. JNR tends to every detail of your program to ensure an extraordinary experience for your customers, employees and participants and a favorable return on your investment. We allow you to step away from the logistical details and let you focus on what you do best.

 

Picture: “A Blessed Thanksgiving To All!” by John is licensed by CC by 2.0.

Election Day

Today, Tuesday, November 8, is Election Day.

As citizens of a democracy, we elect our government and that effects every aspect of our lives from schools to health care to homeland security, voting is an important privilege in our society.

Take time to study and understand the issues and the candidates before voting.  Be familiar with the ballot. In California, we have 17 state ballot initiatives and many other local city measures to vote on today.  This is a huge number and it is very important for you to understand the impact of each. There are many online sources you may refer to.

The responsibility of voting should not be taken lightly.  It’s your voice, in unison with many others, that will change the direction of your community, state, nation, the course of our government, and even the world.

Today you will be selecting your representatives in government for the next term, as well as deciding on measures like bond and social issues.

By voting, you are making your voice heard and registering your opinion on how you think our government should operate.

If you have questions about how to vote, go to this page:   https://g.co/kgs/nKvRMQ

Voting is a privilege — make your voice heard.

Thank you,

LuAnn Jalet – Chief Operating Officer

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JNR is a full service, globally recognized leader in the incentive industry offering solutions for Meetings and Conferences, Incentive Travel, Special Events and Entertainment, Prepaid Card Services and AXS Contact Center Solutions. We have over 36 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies across many industries. Our clients trust our comprehensive suite of solutions that offer a better way to reach performance, productivity and loyalty objectives. JNR tends to every detail of your program to ensure an extraordinary experience for your customers, employees and participants and a favorable return on your investment. We allow you to step away from the logistical details and let you focus on what you do best.

Photo “I VOTED” by Andrew Butitta is licensed by CC By 2.0

JNR Crescent Hotel: You’ll check out but never leave…

Halloween is one of the most exciting times of the year at JNR. We are lucky enough to have leadership who enjoy this holiday and encourage employees to participate by dressing up and decorating their workspace. Each year, management and Human Resources come up with a fun theme that employees can choose to participate in. The common areas are decorated according to that theme and contests are held for Favorite Group Costume, Favorite Individual Costume, Favorite Decorations, Most Original Costume, Most Gory Costume, Scariest Costume, Funniest Costume and Best Themed Costume.

It is amazing to watch our contemporary offices take the form of a JNR Horror Story Freak Show Carnival or, in the case of this year, the JNR Crescent Hotel.

The 2016 theme is based on an actual hotel from American history. The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa in Eureka Springs, Arkansas is not lacking in its share of supernatural and horror stories! Building began in 1884 and was completed in 1886, but not before a construction worker fell to his death. Since that time the hotel has taken on multiple forms. It started as a luxurious resort to draw in socialites and notables from across the country. In 1907 the resort was closed and reopened in 1908 as the Crescent College and Conservatory for Young Women. In 1924 the College closed and was leased as a summer resort before reopening as a junior college from 1930 to 1934. In 1937, the resort fell into the hands of its most infamous owner, “Dr.” Norman Baker, who used the building as a hospital to “cure” diseases. He lured unsuspecting patients in, charged them thousands of dollars, and practiced fake medicine that often ended with them in a body bag in the “morgue” he built in the basement. His scheme finally collapsed in September of 1939 and from then until 1946 the building was unoccupied until a Chicago businessman reopened the hotel, which thrived until 1967 when it caught on fire and suffered severe damage. In 1997, Marty and Elise Roenigk bought the hotel and restored it to its former glory.  Marty, was killed in a traffic accident in 2009.

Now, on October 31st, 2016, the 1886 Crescent Hotel will gain a West Coast branch for one day only — the JNR Crescent Hotel.

Learn more about 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa:

http://www.crescent-hotel.com/history.shtml

https://www.facebook.com/crescenthotelghosttours/

The Most Haunted Places in Every State article, which appeared in Travel and Leisure. http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/best-haunted-places?xid=NL_and

Written by Stephanie Thomas

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JNR is a full service, globally recognized leader in the incentive industry offering solutions for Meetings and Conferences, Incentive Travel, Special Events and Entertainment, Prepaid Card Services and AXS Contact Center Solutions. We have over 36 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies across many industries. Our clients trust our comprehensive suite of solutions that offer a better way to reach performance, productivity and loyalty objectives. JNR tends to every detail of your program to ensure an extraordinary experience for your customers, employees and participants and a favorable return on your investment. We allow you to step away from the logistical details and let you focus on what you do best.