Remembering Thanksgiving in America

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On this Thanksgiving Day 2022, I’d like to share a slightly modified post from 2015 when I wrote about Thanksgiving from 1845 to 1942. I’ve added a photo of a scene from 2020.

Thanksgiving in America

Flowers for Children, a book published in 1845, included this song about Thanksgiving by Lydia Maria Child.



In 1861, artist Alfred R. Waud sketched this Thanksgiving Day scene at an army camp.

Civil War

When Laura Ingalls was a girl, her family enjoyed The Youth’s Companion, which published this image for one of its issues.

The Youth's Companion

In 1892, Harper’s Bazar published this Thanksgiving picture.


Like many presidents before him, in 1902 President Theodore Roosevelt signed his Thanksgiving Day proclamation.


This little girl held a Thanksgiving turkey in 1919.


This Thanksgiving table was set in 1923.


In 1928 President Coolidge attended a Thanksgiving Day church service.


A family in Connecticut prepared for Thanksgiving Day in 1940.

In 1942 a father in Washington, D.C., said grace before the Thanksgiving meal.


Also in 1942, a Pennsylvania family gave gifts to their parents on their anniversary after their Thanksgiving meal.


This home in Halltown, Missouri, was decorated for Thanksgiving in 2020. This photo was taken on the Sunday before Thanksgiving.

Courtesy of Carol M. Highsmith’s America Project in the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress.

Today you continue one of America’s best traditions and set a good standard for the generations who are watching you today and following you in the future.

Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth.
Serve the Lord with jubilation;
Come before Him with rejoicing.
Know that the Lord Himself is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

Enter His gates with thanksgiving,
And His courtyards with praise.
Give thanks to Him, bless His name.
For the Lord is good;
His mercy is everlasting
And His faithfulness is to all generations.
Psalm 100

All pictures courtesy of the Library of Congress.

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