This Week in Thanksgiving History

In place of our usual “This Week in Geographic History,” here’s a look at some of our Thanksgiving-themed content. Check out our Pinterest board for more related resources! Thursday, November 23 TDIGH: Thanksgiving Though not proclaimed a national holiday in the U.S. until 1863, feasts of thanksgiving were held as early as 1541 by the Spanish conquistadores. Maps: New York Toponyms Where Did the Pilgrims … Continue reading This Week in Thanksgiving History

Geography in the News: The Pilgrims’ Harsh Thanksgiving

By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM Thanksgiving is just around the corner. During the next few weeks, American kitchens will be stocked up on turkey, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. In elementary schools, children will be learning about the Pilgrims to whom Thanksgiving holiday traditions are attributed. Most school pageants celebrating Thanksgiving show the Pilgrims stepping from a small boat, … Continue reading Geography in the News: The Pilgrims’ Harsh Thanksgiving