Happy Chinese New Year!

Today is the first day of the Chinese New Year. According to the Chinese zodiac, 2016 marks the Year of the Monkey! Did you know writer and humorist Charles Heber Clark (pseudonym Max Adeler) thought human beings should have prehensile tails, like those of the monkey?

Or did you know monkeys were sometimes kept as secretaries?

Neither did we! Explore the entire issue by clicking on the captions, or find out what every state has to offer regarding “Year of the Monkey” on Chronicling America!

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