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Thursday, December 4
Thanksgiving: The Holiday that Swallowed the Pilgrims
Jim Baker, Former Plimoth Plantation Director of Research and Curator of the Alden Historic Site
Today it is inconceivable to consider the American Thanksgiving holiday without reference to the Pilgrims and their iconic harvest feast, or as it is inevitably termed, "The First Thanksgiving". For generations, the common understanding was that the holiday originated in Plymouth in 1621 and then celebrated ever since. However, in planning a 1983 Plimoth Plantation exhibit on the Victorian imagery of the Pilgrims, "Aye, Call It Holy Ground", we couldn't find any examples of the familiar outdoor dinner pictures or references to the "First Thanksgiving" (before 1841). Where were the historical links? Solving this puzzle opened up the true history of our Thanksgiving, the subject of this talk.
Bring a lunch or buy one at our Patuxet Café. Discussion starts promptly at noon in the Accomack Building.
When & Where
Who We Are
Plimoth Plantation is a not-for-profit museum supported by admissions, contributions, grants and generous volunteers.
What We Do
Plimoth Plantation, less than an hour south of Boston and minutes from Cape Cod, is a living museum dedicated to telling the history of Plymouth Colony from the perspective of both the Pilgrims and the Native Wampanoag people. The museum is a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate that includes Mayflower II, a full-scale reproduction of the original ship that sailed to Plymouth in 1620. Visit our Craft Center and Plimoth Bread Company. Enjoy independent films at Plimoth Cinema.
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