|Who held the First Thanksgiving... And What Was It?
Offered by: VIRGINIA HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Most agricultural societies developed prayers of thanks and ceremonies to celebrate harvests and other special occasions, so what do we mean when we ask, “who held the first Thanksgiving?” This program will examine the origin of the holiday, from Native American harvest ceremonies to the competing claims of who had “the first” ranging from the Spanish in Florida, to the English in Virginia, and of course, the Pilgrims at Plymouth Plantation. From the proclamations of George Washington to Abraham Lincoln establishing it as a national holiday we will examine how various traditions that were often regional in nature coalesced to form the holiday now celebrated throughout the United States. (Will adjust the price to work with multiple centers)