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Who Held the First Thanksgiving?... And What Was it?

from HistoryConnects from the Virginia Museum of History & Culture

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Most agricultural societies developed prayers of thanks and ceremonies to celebrate harvests and other special occasions, so what do we mean when we ask, “who held the first Thanksgiving?” This program will examine the origin of the holiday, from Native American harvest ceremonies to the competing claims of who had “the first” ranging from the Spanish in Florida, to the English in Virginia, and of course, the Pilgrims at Plimoth (Plymouth) Plantation. From the proclamations of George Washington to Abraham Lincoln establishing it as a national holiday we will examine how various traditions that were often regional in nature coalesced to form the holiday now celebrated throughout the United States.

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Length

60 Minutes


Target Audience

Education: Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons Senior Centers, Retirement Communities

Minimum participants:

1

Maximum participants:

250


Primary Disciplines

Religion, Social Studies/History


Program Delivery Mode

Zoom



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11/19/2018 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Registration Deadline: 11/18/2018)

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HistoryConnects from the Virginia Museum of History & Culture

Richmond, VA
United States

The Virginia Museum of History & Culture is owned and operated by the Virginia Historical Society—a private, non-profit organization. The historical society is the oldest cultural organization in Virginia, and one of the oldest and most distinguished history organizations in the nation. For use in its state history museum and its renowned research library, the historical society cares for a collection of nearly nine million items representing the ever-evolving story of Virginia.

HistoryConnects is an outreach education initiative by the Virginia Museum of History and Culture utilizing video and web conferencing to reach learners of all ages across the state of Virginia and around the world! HistoryConnects is made possible in part by the Hugh V. White, Jr., Outreach Education Fund.

Contact:
Hailey House
hhouse@VirginiaHistory.org
8043429689

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Format

This program will examine the origin of the holiday, from Native American harvest ceremonies to the competing claims of who had “the first” ranging from the Spanish in Florida, to the English in Virginia, and of course, the Pilgrims at Plimoth (Plymouth) Plantation. From the proclamations of George Washington to Abraham Lincoln establishing it as a national holiday we will examine how various traditions that were often regional in nature coalesced to form the holiday now celebrated throughout the United States.

Objectives

Participants will leave with a more comprehensive understanding of the history of the Thanksgiving holiday.