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Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgivukkah, 1888

Hanukkah and Thanksgiving rarely overlap.  Among its 22 articles covering 2013’s “Thanksgivukkah” holiday mashup, the Washington Post reports that the convergence of turkey and latkes won’t occur again for 77,798 years. How did D.C. media report on this calendar quirk the last...

Sarah Josepha Hale's letter to Abraham Lincoln

Thanksgiving Proclamations

It was Sarah Josepha Hale that wrote to then President Abraham Lincoln, urging him to establish a dedicated national day of thanksgiving. She sent the letter on September 28, 1863. A digitized version of her letter is below, click here...

Thanksgiving in Park View (1924)

Here’s a photo we dug up on Shorpy. This is Park View in 1924, just before Thanksgiving. The man appears to be looking for the perfect bird for the family feast.

November 29th, 1906: Happy Thanksgiving

Here is an appropriate newspaper front page. This is from The Washington Herald on Thursday, November 29th, 1906 … “From a Little Acorn – A Sturdy Oak Did Grow.”