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FREE VIRTUAL TALK: “Thanksgiving Traditions in Boston” with Anthony Sammarco
November 9, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmFREE
THANKSGIVING TRADITIONS IN BOSTON
Thanksgiving has been celebrated nationally on and off since 1789. While Governors of Massachusetts had proclaimed a local holiday of Thanksgiving, Sarah, J. Hale, the editor of Goey’s Lady’s Book, promoted a National Day of Thanksgiving. Thirty years later in 1863, it became a federal holiday under the presidency of Abraham Lincoln—ironically, during the Civil War. Flash forward to the late nineteenth century. Boston was now a thriving nexus of ethnic, religious, and racially diverse residents who adopted the holiday and brought different foods and traditions from their cultures to the holiday table and celebration, broadening the meaning of Thanksgiving. In Thanksgiving Traditions in Boston, best-selling author and noted historian Anthony Sammarco reminds us of these past and present traditions associated with the festive day.
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