The holidays are especially rich opportunities to explore culture and history. Thanksgiving, of course, has all kinds of tangents to examine, from food traditions to the impact of European arrivals on Native Americans to the health benefits of expressing gratitude.
And in recent years, technology has exploded what is possible for us to learn about the First Thanksgiving.
For instance, check out the virtual tours available of Plimoth Plantation thanks to a partnership with Scholastic. There’s also a slideshow on the first Thanksgiving. If that’s not enough, be sure to check out Plimoth Plantation’s own online program, Thanksgiving Interactive: You Be the Historian.
We’ll be looking at the above resources this week, having re-read Rhonda Gowler Greene’s The Very First Thanksgiving Day and The First Thanksgiving by Linda Hayward last week. Also and although it’s not Thanksgiving-centric, we’re going to read Frank Murphy’s Thomas Jefferson’s Feast; it looks to be great way to discuss how food customs and options can change as a result of travel and cultural exchange.