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An American Tradition ~ A Celebration of Thanksgiving

From  us to  you – wishing that all our members and friends of the Ticonderoga Historical Society have a very enjoyable Thanksgiving Day with family and friends. A special “Happy Thanksgiving” is extended to all of the men and women in service who are unable to be home to enjoy this day with their family and friends.

We are so appreciative of your interest in helping us preserve the Hancock House and its collection. On this day we give a collective thanks to all who have contributed in any way to assist us with our  mission  ~~ “Perpetuating American Traditions for Future Generations.”

A few historical remembrances.  Our first president George Washington, proclaimed November 26th, 1789 as a day of “public thanksgiving and prayer”…devoted to…”the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or will be.”

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As a youth we may remember learning, and with many, presenting a “Thanksgiving Day” school play about the Pilgrims and their feast with the native American Indians who help them survive their first years at Plymouth.

Our Civil War president, Abraham Lincoln, who in 1861 ordered that on November 28th of that year government departments be closed for a local day of thanksgiving.  And more relevant to the current day’s Thanksgiving Day observance  is that on October 3rd, 1863 he issued a Proclamation of Thanksgiving that sets “the last Thursday of November ” as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise.”

Still keeping with the current meaning of this day to many can be  related to President Franklin Roosevelt’s agreement in 1939 to move this holiday to the third Thursday of November  in order to help the economy by making the Christmas shopping season a little bit longer.

Today has a meaning for many, what ever those may be we wish you all again a ~~ A Happy Thanksgiving Day.

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