All of us here at SM& hope you have enjoyed your summer. So many of our clients (and our staff!) have enjoyed Summer Fridays, long weekends, weeks on Cape Cod or in Maine, or even trips as far afield as Costa Rica. As you’ve enjoyed your summer days off, have you ever wondered how our culture decided to kick back for these three months of the year?

SM& Account Coordinator Jackson Murphy’s “A Brief History of Summer Vacation” was recently published online by Based on the research he did for his honors thesis for Connecticut College, Jackson explains how the idea of summer as a time of rest and relaxation took hold in American culture. Be sure to add it to your reading list as you hit the beach this weekend!