Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

November 25 to 29, 2019

IN THE CLASSROOM

  • The History of Thanksgiving Constitution Hall Pass Video Lesson
    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.

  • Plimoth Plantation: Thanksgiving Interactive

  • Plimoth Plantation: Thanksgiving History

AT THE CENTER

Kids Town Hall: Meet the Presidents
Black Friday, November 23, 12 p.m.
Visitors can participate in a special Student Town Hall with some very famous guests, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, who will discuss what Thanksgiving means to them.

Meet and Greets: George Washington and Abraham Lincoln 
Friday, 1 – 3 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Meet some famous figures from the founding era of our country; they will answer all of your questions, and even pose for pictures! 

Growing Up, American Style
Daily, check visitor guide upon arrival for show times.
Visitors can learn about growing up in different eras of American history through a costume runway show, featuring traditional-style dress from historical periods, like Washington and Lincoln’s presidencies.

History of Thanksgiving Program
Daily, check visitor guide upon arrival for show times.
Guests are invited to join in the interactive “History of Thanksgiving” program, which explores the origins and importance of this national holiday. Learn about the Wampanoag people that lived in what is now New England, and the historic meal they shared with European settlers in 1621.  We’ll explore more about the Wampanoag and their culture, the events lead up to the harvest feast that year, and what food did they would have eaten (it may surprise you).  Visitors are encouraged to participate as they learn about the roles presidents have played in creating the Thanksgiving holiday, and also popular Thanksgiving traditions, including the presidential turkey pardon.

Thanksgiving: Deconstructing the Myth
Daily, check visitor guide upon arrival for show times.
Join us for a special dialogue with the Center’s Education staff where we deconstruct images of Thanksgiving from different periods of our country’s history, taking into account the historical context of each period. This program will unravel some of the myths surrounding the holiday by presenting a more holistic view of the past; considering multiple perspectives and telling the story of the Wampanoag people.  We will also examine how the nation’s relationship with Native People has always shaped contemporary understandings of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Corn Husk Dolls Making Station
Daily until 3 p.m.
Visitors can make dolls from corn husk, just like children did in 18th century.

Activity Tables
Daily until 3 p.m.
At our activities tables, visitors can discover more about history as they play with marbles, whirligigs, bilobo catchers, tops, nine pins, and other games popular during the 18th Century.  

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