Government Video Website of the Week: Thanksgiving History at Plimoth Plantation

Plimoth Plantation is a living museum located in Plymouth, Mass. that is focused on life in colonial America during the 1600s. The many videos found throughout the website help tell the story of Plymouth Colony, including that of the colonists, the Wampanoag Indians and, of course, Thanksgiving.
            The Plimoth Plantation website covers all of those in great detail including the effort to create the museum, which grew in stages beginning in 1947 with “two English cottages and a fort on Plymouth’s historic waterfront” and now has a ship—the Mayflower II—an English village, a Wampanoag home site and visitor and craft centers.
            The guest experience “is at the heart” of Plimoth Plantation’s work, and its staff and the museum’s “approach to history” provide an experience that is “authentic, engaging, educational and fun.”
            Not surprising, the website provides viewers with great detail about the history of Thanksgiving, including that “Florida, Texas, Maine and Virginia each declare itself the site of the First Thanksgiving and historical documents support the various claims.”
            Nonetheless, the website takes the view that the pilgrims and Wampanoag “are the acknowledged founders” of Thanksgiving. The website says “Native People of North America have held ceremonies to give thanks for successful harvests, for the hope of a good growing season in the early spring, and for other good fortune such as the birth of a child” and “celebrations—complete with merrymaking and feasting—in England and throughout Europe after a successful crop are as ancient as the harvest-time itself.”
            For creating a website that examines the people who are behind the legend of the holiday, Thanksgiving History at Plimoth Plantation is Government Video’s Website of the Week.
            Click here to access the website

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