Copley Library: Your Pre-Thanksgiving Research Hub

How does one best prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday? Research, of course! Let’s dig right in!

You might wonder what people ate at the first Thanksgiving, but have you thought about the connection between politics, power, and food? In Political Gastronomy: Food and Authority in the English Atlantic World, Michael LaCombe discusses ideas of food and leadership, hunger and community, gender and food exchange, daily eating habits of the wealthy and poor, and more, exploring the meaning of food in every phase: planting, gathering, hunting, cooking, sharing, and laboring in general.

If you’re looking for an overview of the holiday, its history, and its place in American popular culture, try Thanksgiving: The Biography of an American Holiday or Thanksgiving: An American Holiday, an American History.

(First Thanksgiving by Jennie Brownscombe c.1914)

Maybe you’re questioning the history you’ve heard for years, about a joyful communion between Native Americans and European colonists. Scholars question things for a living – research can help you sort things out! Take a look at A Great and Godly Adventure: The Pilgrims and the Myth of the First Thanksgiving or Reinterpreting New England Indians and the Colonial Experience .

(Thanksgiving Day – Ways and Means by Winslow Homer, 1858)

Just want the facts? Check out the Congressional Thanksgiving Fact Sheet for dates, names, and locations to get a leg up on Thanksgiving trivia and wow your friends and family.

Remember, Copley Library will be open Thanksgiving week, regular hours Monday and Tuesday, November 20 & 21; Wednesday 8:00am to 5:00pm; and closed on Thanksgiving Day as well as Friday and Saturday, November 24 & 25. We’ll resume regular hours on Sunday, November 26, when we open at noon.

Be sure to stay current with Copley’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, as we announce our first Christmas Extravaganza Contest!

Have a wonderful break!

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