Here are a few more Happy Thanksgiving postcards to enjoy. Today you do not see Uncle Sam with a turkey on Thanksgiving decorations, but it is a federal U.S. holiday.
We also have 5 manuscripts collections that document or have an image of a past Thanksgiving or Thanksgiving weekend in them:
J.C. Whitney Diary, 1862, 1863 describes his travels during the Civil War and a delicious Thanksgiving dinner. He served in Company C, 96th Illinois Volunteers
Matted newspaper clippings from Central Michigan University (CMU) President Leonard Plachta's administration, 1998-1999 include a color image of the CMU percussion ensemble in the 1999 Thanksgiving Day parade, and the ensemble in 1998 in front of Cobo Hall during the Thanksgiving Day parade.
Diary of our Grandmother, 1869-1901 of Geesje (Vander Haar) Visscher describes Thanksgiving 1877. In 1845 the Visschers sailed for the U.S. with Rev. Van Raalte, eventually settling in Holland (Mich.) by 1846. Geesje’s diary discusses family, faith, Holland’s history, crops, the weather, and local events.
Jean Brinkman Sadie Hawkins dance advertisements and letters (copies), 1949, 2014, describes how she will leave CMU for Thanksgiving at home after her last Weds class. She graduated in 1950 from CMU with a degree in English, secondary.
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