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Abraham Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation __ Did you know that Thanksgiving wasn't established as a national holiday until the American Civil War? Read the president's speech to learn why this was such an historic moment. - illustrated - From David Dennis -  

America's Homepage! Plymouth, MA. __ Learn about the first Thanksgiving and tour Plymouth Plantation. - illustrated - From -

BlackDog's Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes __ Recipes for the entire meal from turkey and stuffing to desserts.  I've gained three pounds just reading it.  A lot of other Thanksgiving material as well. - illustrated - From - /thanks/

Butterball __ Here you can go to turkey school where you can learn just about everything you need to know about preparing turkey.  There is even a section for those ever challenging leftovers. - From -

Continental Congress Thanksgiving Proclamation 1782 __ You will find the full text of this proclamation.  "ORDERED, THAT the following Proclamation for a general THANKSGIVING on the twenty-eighth day of November instant, received from the honorable Continental Congress, be forthwith printed, and sent to the several worshipping Assemblies in this State, to whom it is recommended religiously to observe said day, and to abstain from all servile labour thereon." - From - 

Epicurious: Thanksgiving __ Gourmet recipes for your Thanksgiving and many other holidays and special events.  These delights were culled from the pages of "Gourmet" and "Bon Appetit" magazines. -


George Washington's 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation __ "Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me "to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:"  You will find the full text. - From - 

Thanksgiving Day Recipes __ An interesting collection of recipes including such things as "Oreo Turkeys"  No, it is not about stuffing a turkey with cookies, it is about making a turkey out of them. - From - 

Thanksgiving Recipes  __ Recipes for turkey, stuffing, desserts, side dishes, entrees, and more. - From - /thanksgiving/recipes.htm

Thanksgiving Color Sheets __ A project for the smaller ones. There are six pictures to print and color. - illustrated - From Not Just for Kids - ing/colorsheets.html-ssi

DLTK's Crafts for Kids: Thanksgiving Activities __ You will find pages for coloring as well as an entire section devoted to printables for the season.  The main page at gives you access to similar resources for almost every holiday and season you can think of. - /thanksgiving/index.html

The First Thanksgiving Proclamation June 20, 1676 __ "On June 20, 1676, the governing council of Charlestown, Massachusetts, held a meeting to determine how best to express thanks for the good fortune that had seen their community securely established. By unamimous vote they instructed Edward Rawson, the clerk, to proclaim June 29 as a day of thanksgiving. That proclamation is reproduced here in the same language and spelling as the original." - From Not Just for Kids - 


A Folklorist's View of the Ubiquitious, Universal, Populist Turkey and Thanksgiving __ "It has not always been easy to be a turkey in America."  You will find an entertaining but informative romp through the evolution of the American Thanksgiving. - From Esaúl Sánchez - 

Food Glorious Food__ Have your students circle the foods that were not found at the first Thanksgiving dinner.  Pictures may be colored. - illustrated - From - /actpag69.html

History and Origins of Thanksgiving __ "The celebration of Thanksgiving in America was probably derived from the harvest-home ceremonies originally held in England. These were days reserved to thank God for plentiful crops and a bountiful harvest."  You also might be surprised to learn that the first Thanksgiving in America involved no feasting. - illustrated - From - 

Presidential Pardon - The turkey that lives to see another day __ "As is customary, the President of the United States is expected to pardon a turkey on the eve of Thanksgiving at a White House ceremony." - From - 

Thanksgiving __ You will find information about the history, customs, and traditions of the celebration we know as Thanksgiving.   Excellent for the younger student. - illustrated - From - /thanksgv.htm

Thanksgiving __ "The Plymouth Thanksgiving Story - A very informative collection of information, including some challenging observations from a Native American viewpoint ..." - illustrated - From - 

Thanksgiving Day traditions: from pilgrims to turkeys __ "The fourth Thursday in November, Thanksgiving Day, ushers in the “official” start of the Christmas season in our modern day world. Marked with parades, huge family meals featuring turkey, gravy, and all the trimmings, day-long displays of athletic prowess—or not, as sometimes happens—with wall-to-wall football, which does make one question whether the turkey or the pigskin is the featured course of the day, and the appearance of Santa throughout malls and stores, the festival has become a commercial event in which the origins and meaning of the day are almost totally obscured. The modern day Thanksgiving is a far different occasion than the original."  You will find an excellent article tracing the evolution of the holiday. - illustrated - From - 

Thanksgiving History __ Trace the evolution of this holiday from Early America through modern times in this brief overview. - From - 


Thanksgiving History and Traditions __ You will "Find helpful and educative information on thanksgiving history and thanksgiving traditions from better home and gardens® online." - From Better Homes and Gardens - 

Thanksgiving in the Melting Pot __ Learn about what out thanksgiving traditions and foods say about America.  "Of a Lebanese-American family Nathan quotes, "At Thanksgiving, we ate hummus, stuffed squash, stuffed grape leaves, an okra-and-lamb dish served over rice, and always turkey."  The traditional "turkey" remains but the 'fixins' evolve with our culture.  A very interesting anthropological study. - From PBS - 

Thanksgiving on the Net __ You will find explanations of the history of Thanksgiving and ways in which it is traditionally celebrated.  Craft activities are included. - illustrated - From - /thanksgiving/

Thanksgiving Traditions - Thanksgiving in the U.S.A. __ this site includes a brief history of Thanksgiving in America in the "Traditions" section, and you will also find features on Thanksgiving traditions from around the world. - illustrated - From - /2thanks.html


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