Everyone’s heard the classic tale of a peaceful gathering of Pilgrims and American Indians as the basis for our Thanksgiving celebrations. But this story is far from the truth. In this class, we’ll divide fact from fiction to explore the real history of Thanksgiving. From a harvest feast in colonial New England, to the Civil War, to customs of the present day, we will examine how Thanksgiving was established as a national holiday and why its origin story has grown to mythic proportions.
Please note: While we're not able provide a beverage for you during class, we encourage students to grab their favorite beverage - alcoholic or non-alcoholic - to enjoy during this virtual happy hour.
This class is appropriate for ages 16+.
This class will take place online through Zoom. Links for Zoom classes will be sent out by 5pm the day of the class. If you do not receive your link, please check your spam or submit an email through our contact page.
About the teacher:
Maya Rook is a historian and educator living in Rochester, NY. She holds an MA in American History from the University at Albany and blends critical insight with humor and empathy in her investigations of the past. Her History Happy Hour series makes history fun, accessible, and relevant.
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