If you say Laura Ingalls Wilder, Thanksgiving probably isn’t the first thing that springs to mind, but you’ll find lots of references to it in her writing. That’s entirely proper because as much as we tend to think of Thanksgiving coming down to us from the Pilgrims in 1621, a lot more of the story, lore, and traditions of Thanksgiving actually come to us from the 19th century and the Victorians and pioneers. Want to learn more? Do I have a deal for you!
I actually have two Laura Ingalls Wilder based Thanksgiving programs. The first is more aimed at children or family groups. In addition to some old fashioned story telling we’ll learn about some of the myths and stories of Thanksgiving, taste parched corn that the Ingalls used as a holiday tradition to remind them of the Pilgrims, and do an original Thanksgiving craft based on a 19th century homemaking trick that would make Martha Stewart proud. (This is an experience based program and doesn’t involve PowerPoint.)
The second version is aimed at adults. Originally presented at the national Association of Living History Farms and Museums conference, Thanksgiving: From Pilgrim to Pioneer looks at some examples of how Thanksgiving was celebrated over the years. The Ingalls family serve as guides but included is information from many other sources as well. It traces back traditions to where they belong (mostly to the Victorians) and talks about why we associate Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims instead. (This one does use PowerPoint to share images and quotes.)
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