Today in History: The Ice Cream Cone

Interior of workshop of Sanitary Ice Cream Cone Co.
Today in History–July 23–the Library of Congress features the invention of the ice cream cone, purportedly conceived by Charles E. Menches on this day in 1904 . This confectioner was one of several who were given credit for this delectable invention and who participated in the 1904 St. Louis World Fair. Find out more about the invention of ice cream by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access recipes, books, primary sources images, and more.

St. Louis, Missouri, Home of the First Ice Cream Cone from America’s Library

Thomas Jefferson recipe for vanilla ice cream | curator’s note

Ice cream books

Historical newspaper ice cream cone advertisements & comics

Featured Source: Ice Cream Advertising

Free to use and reuse ice cream image set

More Ice cream images

Ice cream sheet music

Ice cream legislation

Ice cream: selected Internet resources

A Scoop of Americana: The Ice Cream Soda Minerva’s Kaleidoscope

Sheet Music of the Week: We All Scream for Ice Cream Edition In the Muse

Savoring Ice Cream with Primary Sources Teaching with the Library