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From Festival to Feast: A History of Thanksgiving

by  Strawbery Banke Museum

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Join a professional museum educator for a virtual tour through centuries of history to discover the origins of Thanksgiving and how it has become the uniquely American holiday that we celebrate today. Explore the concept of Thanksgiving through the eyes of the indigenous Abenaki people.  Compare and contrast how the holiday was celebrated in the 18th-century to modern times.  Discover how the celebration changed when it became a national holiday.  Meet Mrs. Shapiro, a Jewish immigrant from 1919, who will explain how her family incorporates their Jewish heritage into American Thanksgiving.  Through a combination of video of houses and roleplayers at Strawbery Banke to a variety of games that foster engagement, give your students the chance to experience the magic of history without leaving the classroom.

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Cost

Point to Point: $100.00
Point to Point Premium: $85.00


Strawbery Banke is offering flexible pricing that offers a pay what you can model for the 2020-2021 school year. When registering schools can tell the museum what they can pay (from $0 - $100 per program) and that request will be honored, with no questions asked.

Length

Flexible, 30 - 60 minutes


Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, Homeschool/Family

Minimum participants:

1

Maximum participants:

30


Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History


Program Delivery Mode

Zoom



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Strawbery Banke Museum

Portsmouth, NH
United States

Strawbery Banke Museum, in the heart of historic downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is a 10-acre outdoor history museum dedicated to bringing 400+ years of American history to life. Strawbery Banke Museum tells the story of the neighborhood called Puddle Dock, surrounding the tidal inlet. This neighborhood grew from seasonal hunting and fishing grounds of Indigenous Abenaki people to a wilderness outpost in the late 1600s and through cycles of maritime prosperity to become a multi-cultural "neighborhood of newcomers."  The museum is known for its first-person historical roleplayers, period gardens and landscapes, making history relevant to the present day and using the lives of ordinary Americans to tell extraordinary stories.

Contact:
Rebecca Coppola
bcoppola@sbmuseum.org
6034227541

Program Details

Format

1. This program begins with a brief introduction to Strawbery Banke Museum and to the topic of Thanksgiving.
2. We then meet a Abenaki interpreter through a video who uses a painted drum to share the story of how Indigenous people celebrate their own Thanksgivings.
3. We take a video tour through the 18th-century William Pitt Tavern and play a game to compare and contrast Thanksgiving in the past to the modern holiday.
4. Participants then see a video of Mrs. Goodwin, a 19th-century roleplayer, showing the students through her home and discussing the transition of Thanksgiving to a national holiday.
5. The group meets a early 20th century Jewish immigrant roleplayer via video and hear how her family has changed Thanksgiving to reflected their Jewish heritage.
6. Participants play a game to identify different harvest festivals around the world and compare them to Thanksgiving.
7. Time is allowed for questions and answers.

Objectives

The participants will:
-compare and contrast how Thanksgiving has been celebrated through time.
-understand that different cultures celebrate different holidays that reflect their own history.
-practice answering questions, listening to others and generating their own questions.
-Imagine what it would be like to live at different times in history.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.1.SL.1 -- Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 1 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.1.W.8 -- With guidance and support from adults, recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.2.SL.1 -- Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 2 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.2.W.8 -- Recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.K.SL.1 -- Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about kindergarten topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.K.W.8 -- With guidance and support from adults, recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.


From C3 Framework for Social Studies:
D2.His.1.K-2 Create a chronological sequence of multiple events.
D2.His.2.K-2 Compare life in the past to life today.
D2.His.3.K-2 Generate questions about individuals and groups who have shaped a significant historical change.
D2.His.4.K-2 Compare perspectives of people in the past to those of people in the present.
D2.His.14.K-2 Generate possible reasons for an event or development in the past.

D2.His.1.3-5 Create and use a chronological sequence of related events to compare developments that happened at the same time.
D2.His.2.3-5 Compare life in specific historical time periods to life today.
D2.His.3.3-5 Generate questions about individuals and groups who have shaped significant historical changes and continuities.
D2.His.4.3-5 Explain why individuals and groups during the same historical period differed in their perspectives.
D2.His.14.3-5 Explain probable causes and effects of events and developments.