National Donut Day is coming up Friday, June 3, so let’s talk a little bit about the history surrounding this day, Evansville’s donut history, and some “sweet” options to read at the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library!
National Donut Day is celebrated every first Friday of June of each year and was established by The Salvation Army in 1938. This honorary day was first celebrated in Chicago as a tribute to the “Doughnut Lassies” of The Salvation Army for their contributions during World War I.
In 1917, The Salvation Army sent volunteers to France to provide support for U.S. soldiers fighting in the war by establishing field bases. These volunteers assisted the soldiers with clothes, supplies, food, and support during the conflict. When volunteers Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance realized the difficulty of serving baking goods on the frontlines, they turned to frying donuts in soldiers’ helmets. The frying of donuts boosted troop morale and earned the volunteers the nickname of “Doughnut Lassies”. Another key nickname came during the Great War, as the United States troops earned the nickname as “doughboys”, which some believe comes from the “Doughnut Lassies” and the serving of donuts on the frontlines.
When it comes to local history, Evansville has a rich history of donut shops serving everyone’s favorite pastries. Some of the most remembered donuts come from bakeries that no longer exist, such as Honey Fluff Donuts (1948-2004), Windmill Bakery, Golden Cream Donuts, and numerous others that opened and closed throughout Evansville’s history.
Evansville’s current local staple belongs to Donut Bank, which was founded in 1967. Other locations where you can find these doughy treats in Evansville include Parlor Doughnuts, Dunkin’, Krispy Kreme, and at your local gas station or grocery store.
Interested in learning more about donuts? Make sure to take a look at these materials that cover the deliciousness of donuts. These materials cover some of the varieties of donuts that you can find in Evansville or that you can even attempt to make yourself. Want more recommendations? Fill out EVPL Recommends to get personalized recommendations from our library staff on what to read, watch, or listen to next.
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