Wednesday, November 7th | 6:00pm-8:00pm | History Happy Hour: The Myth of Thanksgiving
Every year Americans gather around a feast of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and cranberry sauce on the fourth Thursday of November. But how reflective is this meal of the “First Thanksgiving” of 1621? Did the newly arrived Pilgrims really gather in harmony with local Native Americans? And what exactly did they eat? In this class we will dive into the foodways of Native Americans and Puritan settlers of the seventeenth-century Massachusetts Bay Colony and investigate the myths and realities of this famed holiday. We will discuss the basics of procuring, cooking, and eating food during this era and investigate how food helps us understand moments of contact and conflict between these two cultures. We will also explore how Thanksgiving was established as a national holiday and why the myth lives on today.
Please note: The ticket price does include one happy hour glass of wine for those 21+. Anyone under the age of 21 can enjoy a non-alcoholic beverage. A happy half-hour will take place from 6:00pm-6:30pm and the class will run from 6:30pm-8:00pm.
Class location: This class will take place at Living Roots Wine & Co. 1255 University Ave, Rochester NY 14607. Click here for directions.About the teacher: Maya Rook is a historian, artist, and writer living in Rochester, NY. She holds an MA in American History from the University at Albany where she focused her research on seventeenth-century food culture in her master’s thesis “Earthly Delights in the New England Wilderness: The Puritan Experience with Food and Drink.” As a college instructor and public speaker, Maya strives to explore the past by blending critical insight with humor and empathy. She is the direct descendant of several Puritan settlers, including America’s first poet Anne Bradstreet.
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