The Myth of Thanksgiving

When: Sun., Dec. 2, 2-3 p.m. 2018

Maya Rook is a historian, artist, and writer living in Rochester, who will explore how Thanksgiving was established as a national holiday: Every year, Americans gather around a feast of turkey called Thanksgiving, but how reflective is this meal of the “First Thanksgiving” of 1621? Did the newly arrived Pilgrims really gather in harmony with the local Wampanoag tribe? What exactly did they eat? In this talk we will dive into the foodways of the Wampanoag people and Puritan settlers of seventeenth-century New England and investigate the myths and realities of this meal.