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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 23, 2023

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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day fourth of November, repeating indefinitely

Happy Thanksgiving from JMC!

Thanksgiving, one of our country’s oldest holidays, has roots in both the Native American and European traditions. The Wampanoags and other Native American tribes traditionally held ceremonies of thanksgiving for successful harvests and instances of good fortune. Long before coming to North America, Europeans too gave thanks for good harvests with feasting and games. Today’s American holiday, though very different from ceremonies of the 1600s, still retains elements of both traditions.

Did you know? The most famous thanksgiving, the Plymouth Thanksgiving, was not in actuality the “first thanksgiving.” In addition to the thanksgiving ceremonies of indigenous peoples, historical documentation shows that settlers’ thanksgiving celebrations had previously taken place in the regions that would become Maine, Virginia, Texas, and Florida.


One of the Family, Frederick George Cotman

-Written by Anna Zemaitaitis, Communications and Design Officer


November 23, 2023
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