September 11, 2022

Today in History: Thanksgiving

Last Updated on September 11, 2022

Thanksgiving turkey
Today in History–November 26–the Library of Congress features Thanksgiving, designated by President George Washington on this date in 1789. Seventy-four years later, in 1863, Abraham Lincoln issued a Thanksgiving Proclamation that declared the last Thursday in November national Thanksgiving Day. Learn more about U.S. Thanksgiving traditions by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources, secondary sources, and teaching resources.

Thanksgiving primary source set

Tom Bober‘s Favorite Thanksgiving primary sources

Thanksgiving image set

Thanksgiving sheet music

Thanksgiving polka (song recording)

Thanksgiving addresses

Thanksgiving: select historical newspaper articles

Thanksgiving legislation

Turkey in the Straw Folklife Today blog May 15, 2014

Thanksgiving treasures

Thanksgiving featured Images

Teaching resources

Teaching with the Library of Congress blog posts

Inside Adams blog

Minerva’s Kaleidoscope blog posts

More Library blog posts

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