Ten Records We’re Thankful to Have at the National Archives
Thanksgiving is an anticipated time of year…unless you’re a turkey! While our traditions today may not even include the iconic bird (hello, Tofurkey!), this holiday is still cherished as a time to gather with friends and family and give thanks. But before you start setting the table, enjoy a “harvest” of some of our favorite Thanksgiving records!
Thanksgiving turkeys have been granted a presidential pardon as early as President Lincoln, and it is a White House tradition that is still enjoyed in the modern day:
Though some turkeys granted an audience with the President had seen better days:
And some turkeys, feeling the heat of the kitchen, attempted to escape!:
In the mood for more fowl hijinks? Check out the Thanksgiving set on Flickr.
Outside of the White House, Thanksgiving is a tradition observed by Americans everywhere:
How many people do you have coming over for dinner? I bet you’re not making a vat of sweet potatoes like this “pilgrim:”
The Thanksgiving menu is often deeply rooted in tradition and certain merits can be hotly debated. But do you have room on your table for Consomme and Braised Celery?
Do you have a hankering for more presidential noms? Don’t forget to follow OurPresidents on Tumblr and see what the White House has cooked up for the holidays!
This video clip certainly brings new meaning to “dressing the turkey:”
And this is certainly not your typical Thanksgiving Day Parade:
Wild turkeys can fly, and we often see them feeding on the ground, but sometimes they even find themselves out to sea:
Sometimes we have a hard time squeezing in watching football and eating dinner, but this airman has holiday multitasking down to a science:
But no matter where you are, Thanksgiving is a time to spend time with those you love, and enjoy a good meal:
What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? Let us know in the comments!