The staff of the Condé-Charlotte Museum wish you a safe and happy Labor Day weekend. The museum will be closed September 2-4, and will reopen September 5.

According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac (www.almanac.com), Labor Day is always the first Monday in September. It was the idea of Peter J. Maguire (although recent research has shown that it might have been his brother Matthew’s idea), a labor union leader who in 1882 proposed a celebration honoring the American worker.

The date chosen was simply “convenient,” according to Maguire, because it was midway between the Fourth of July and Thanksgiving.

Although the day’s focus on organized labor has diminished over the years, the holiday has become a way to mark the end of the summer season—and the start of the school year.