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The History of Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006 by | Filed Under: Cool Sites

The History of Thanksgiving


Who better to bring us the History of Thanksgiving than the History Channel? This is a really in depth site on the history behind the Thanksgiving holiday. You’ll find navigation on the side menu and the different sections are:

Home – This will bring you back to the main page at any time during your visit on this site.

First Thanksgiving – Here you can learn all about the food that was eaten on the first Thanksgiving, including some interesting surprises, like seal and swan. You can also learn about their eating habits and even their table manners. Be sure to check out the Pilgrims Menu on the side menu that only becomes visible when you’ve clicked into the First Thanksgiving section.

Mayflower Myths – Here you can read some commonly believed myths about the pilgrims who came over on the Mayflower and find out the actual truth.

Pilgrim Interviews – Plimoth Plantation is a living history museum where you can interact with people portraying the pilgrims. Here you can listen to the interviews with Myles Standish and Ellinor Billington where they answer questions about the first feast. You can also read the text transcripts to the interviews.

Proclamation – This section lets you read a Thanksgiving proclamation from 1782. It’s pretty neat to see what was passed down to people on the holiday back then.

Video: History of Thanksgiving – Here you can watch several videos about the History of Thanksgiving. I really liked them. There’s even a video quiz at the very end that you can watch.

Macy’s Parade Float – Here you can see the History Channel’s Macy’s Parade Float design and find out what it represents, as well as, learn about the record being set by the parade itself.

Resources – Here you can follow links to the resources that all this bountiful information has come from and do a little more exploring on your own.

There is even a poll on the main page where you can vote on what is the best part of Thanksgiving for you and your family!


~ Amanda

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