Thanksgiving was first celebrated in 1621 by the settlers at Plymouth, Massachusetts to celebrate a successful harvest. It was a tradition that the Pilgrims brought with them from England. After the birth of the United States, President George Washington issued a proclamation honoring the Thanksgiving harvest during his presidency. The only other president to issue a Thanksgiving proclamation was President James Madison. As part of his attempt to maintain the union, President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation that made Thanksgiving Day a national annual event.
Be thankful for your family.
Be thankful for our hobby.
Be thankful for everything.
Image of The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth by Jennie A. Brownscombe courtesy of the Pilgrim Hall Museum.