7 Primary Source Documents to Read this Thanksgiving

  1. In the article “Thanksgiving — Our American Festival” from the November 1895 issue of American Kitchen Magazine you can get tips on how to prepare the day before Thanksgiving, instructions for cooking dinner, and even includes some recipes and dish suggestions.   screen-shot-2016-11-23-at-9-13-39-am
  2.  If you’re in the mood for some fiction you can read the harrowing short story “Muriel’s Thanksgiving: A Story of the Sea,”  from the November 1888 issue of Daughters of America. screen-shot-2016-11-23-at-9-17-23-am
  3. This blurb published on Thanksgiving day 1897 in the Weekly Los Angeles Mirror gives details of the modest dinner planned for President McKinley in accordance to the First Lady’s wishes.  screen-shot-2016-11-23-at-9-25-07-am
  4. In case you need a laugh while you’re waiting for dinner to be ready you can check out this Thanksgiving comic printed in 1896.screen-shot-2016-11-23-at-9-28-02-am
  5. Printed a year later in 1897 this article from the Wisconsin State Register describes the history of the Thanksgiving tradition and its foundation of gratitude. 5akj-1897-nov20-002
  6. Looking for inspiration for a Thanksgiving toast that will bring bickering family members together? Look no further. You can channel Abraham Lincoln’s passion after reading his proclamation declared in 1863 during the fervor of the Civil War which made Thanksgiving Day a national holiday.screen-shot-2016-11-23-at-9-09-14-am
  7. What would Thanksgiving be without pie? If you’re feeling adventurous and want a historical twist on your dessert this Thanksgiving you can try this recipe for pumpkin pie from 1893.nccof0302-c00000-n0120534-00060-1

 

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