Ellen Litwicki is a professor of history at the State University of New York at Fredonia. She teaches and researches U.S. cultural history, with particular emphases on American rituals, consumer culture, and popular culture. She is the author of America’s Public Holidays, 1865-1920 (Smithsonian 2000). Her current research project is a cultural history of gift giving in the United States. She is an eager (if struggling) student of digital history. She is currently facing new challenges as a Fulbright Scholar in Szeged, Hungary; the first challenge is to learn some Hungarian!