This post was co-written by Mahogani Harper, Research Services student assistant.
Thanksgiving is one of the biggest holidays of the year. A large part of Thanksgiving is the food. From the turkey and stuffing to the mash potatoes and yams, you will never have to worry about being hungry on Thanksgiving. The only problem is that all the food takes a while from trying to buy everything before stores run out to actually making all of that food. Although we can find almost any recipe online nowadays, some of the best meals are those family recipes passed down in books and memory. Here at the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC), we have a variety of cook books for the holidays dating from the 19th century to the present day with almost any recipe you could ever want. We have cocktail and wine books that include many fall and winter recipes, dessert books, specific holiday meal books and so much more. Below are just a couple examples of what we have.
Thanksgiving is not just about food, there is also entertainment. Entertainment can come from a variety of sources. Sports, movies, music, books, dancing, or playing games. SCRC holds a few of these from mysterious stories like Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “John Inglefield’s Thanksgiving” or from songs like the “Hymn of Thanksgiving”.
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