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History of Thanksgiving!

The Library will be closed 11/22 in celebration of Thanksgiving.  We will re-open Friday, 11/23, at 9:00 AM and resume our usual hours.

Happy Thanksgiving!


History of Thanksgiving Using U.S. History in Context from Gale

The First Thanksgiving, 1621 by Jean Leon Jerome Ferris 1863-1930

Did you know that there was never a true “first” American Thanksgiving? Or that it didn’t originate in America? Rather, the New England Puritan colonists, arrived to America already denouncing the medieval roster of holidays including Christmas and saint’s day. They admitted only three holy days: the Sabbath, fast days, and Thanksgiving.  Learn more by reading this article from the Encyclopedia of Food and Culture, accessible here!

Suggested table setting illustrated in Godey’s Lady’s Book, March, 1859

On October 3, 1789, George Washington proclaimed our first national Thanksgiving would be celebrated on Thursday, the 26th of November (not without controversy), but did you know that in 1863 a letter written by Sarah Josepha Hale, editor of Godey’s Lady’s Book (and composer of the poem now called “Mary Had a Little Lamb”) inspired Abraham Lincoln to name a national day of Thanksgiving. Read more about that and FDR’s “miscalculation” in this article from USA Today here!

Want to learn more about Sarah Josepha Hale? Read Sarah Josepha Hale: The Life and Times of a Nineteenth-Century Career Woman

All this reading about Thanksgiving making you hungry?

Check out some recipes through A to Z World Food


Roast Turkey Image by Annie (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Apple Pie Image by Katie (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Stuffing Image by Eric Savage (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Mashed Potatoes Image by Glory Foods (CC BY 2.0)




















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