November 27, 2014


Thanksgiving Weekend 

Friday, November 29 – Sunday, December 1, 2013
Extended hours on Friday, November 29: 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Admission: FREE with museum admission


History of Thanksgiving Show
12 and 2 p.m.
Join in the interactive History of Thanksgiving show, which explores the origins and importance of this national holiday. Learn about what foods may have been prepared at the first Thanksgiving dinner and the fascinating role America’s presidents have played in creating Thanksgiving Day traditions, including the presidential turkey pardon.

Growing Up American-Style
12:30 and 2:30 p.m.
Find out what it was like to grow up in different eras of American history. Students participate in a costume runway show featuring traditional-style dress from historical periods while learning what home, school, and work was like during those times. Then explore the National Constitution Center’s main exhibition with a guide to learn more about kids in America through the years: how often they bathed, how they spent their days, what freedoms they had, and more.

Thank-A-Vet Letter-Writing Station
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (12 to 3 p.m. on Sunday)
Through a special partnership with the Thank-A-Vet organization, send a message to a veteran thanking him or her for supporting and defending the Constitution.

Corn Husk Dolls Make-and-Take
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (12 to 3 p.m. on Sunday)
These historic toys are a seasonal favorite. Make dolls from corn husks, just like children did in Colonial times!

Lawn Games
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (12 to 3 p.m. on Sunday)
Front Lawn
Children and their families can participate in classic American games from the eighteenth century, like hoop-and-stick, on the museum’s front lawn.

Historical Character Meet-and-Greet
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (12 to 3 p.m. on Sunday)
Grand Hall Lobby
“Meet” Sarah Josepha Hale, who famously campaigned for the recognition of Thanksgiving as a national holiday. Hale wrote letters to five Presidents of the United States: Zachary Taylor, Millard Filmore, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, and Abraham Lincoln. Her initial letters failed to persuade, but the letter she wrote to Lincoln did convince him to support legislation establishing a national holiday of Thanksgiving in 1863.


Constitution Hall Pass

The History of Thanksgiving

Grab a seat at the table as we talk turkey! Everyone who loves to eat loves Thanksgiving, so join us as we take a look at what this holiday is all about. Learn the real story of the first Thanksgiving, and find out more about the American Indians who were living in what is now New England. We’ll learn about what kinds of foods our early Thanksgiving dinners did and didn’t have, and discover how the day was made a national holiday during the Civil War. And we’ll check out the background of our favorite Thanksgiving traditions—we’ll even talk a little football! So bring your appetite for knowledge and join us as we explore the history of Thanksgiving!

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