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What are the facts behind Thanksgiving?  Was it always pumpkin pie, turkey and cranberry sauce?  Was it ever?!  Find out with our program exploring how two worlds, the English and the Native Wampanoag, celebrated Thanksgiving and gave thanks.
 

What is the real story behind the "First Thanksgiving"? Did it really happen? Yes, and No! Learn where the Thanksgiving holiday that we celebrate today really came from wih this exciting and educational program. We will discuss the harvest feast in 1621, when both the Pilgrims and their Native allies sat down and ate together, but that it was not called Thanksgiving until the 1800s! There was a day of "thanksgiving" in Plymouth Colony in 1622 where there was no feasting and no Natives. Confusing, yes, boring and inconsequential, No. We at PARP feel that it is important for all people to know the facts as they are reported in seventeenth century sources and learn how these facts were mixed up over the centuries to create the holiday we celebrate today.

In this program we explore the two worlds of the Pilgrims and the Natives in the seventeenth century and learn how each held days of thanksgiving and gave thanks for good harvest and salvation from disasters. Participants will learn what sorts of foods were eaten by both the Native people and their Pilgrim allies during celebrations and what the menu probably was during the "First Thanksgiving". What, no cranberry sauce? Nope, and we will explain why.

We will also provide participants with a take home history of Thanksgiving and a number of recipes that were probably eaten at that 1621 harvest feast.