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22 pound turkey

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

22 pound turkey

A photograph showing Ernie Fliegel and a twenty-two pound turkey he prepared at his restaurant, the 620 Club, for then Vice-president-elect Hubert H. Humphrey for Thanksgiving in 1964.

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Baby Thanksgiving

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Baby Thanksgiving

Three babies eat turkey legs while seated at high chairs in a bedroom setting. Two of the babies (those on the left and right) appear to be twins. Captured by a Minneapolis newspaper photographer on November 21, 1944.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Onlookers crowd a Minneapolis sidewalk to watch a turkey race on the day after Thanksgiving.  Captured by a Minneapolis newspaper photographer on November 25, 1955.

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Happy Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Thanksgiving children's party

Nursery school children attend a Thanksgiving party at St. Paul’s Hallie Q. Brown Center on November 1, 1937.

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Governor Swift’s 1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation

Monday, November 14th, 2011

Thanksgiving Proclamation, 1863

Thanksgiving is nearly upon us. Quick, what first jumps to mind? Airport congestion? Turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie? Football? Doorbuster sales at department stores? These are Thanksgiving hallmarks to many of us. But when did Thanksgiving become a national holiday? The Pilgrims’ celebration at Plymouth Plantation in 1621 may well come to mind, but that predates nationhood.

The first official national Thanksgiving occurred during one of the United States’ darkest chapters: the Civil War. President Abraham Lincoln—persuaded by a renowned female editor—did “invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States . . . to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next [i.e., 1863] as a day of thanksgiving and prayer to our beneficent Father . . . .” In a noteworthy coincidence of timing, America’s first official observance occurred exactly seven days after Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address.

Prior to 1863, it was at a state’s discretion when (or whether) there was a day of Thanksgiving. The Minnesota Historical Society has several such proclamations as part of its gubernatorial collections. Now, the MHS has acquired Governor Henry A. Swift’s 1863 proclamation, which follows suit with Lincoln’s. In it, Swift highlights contemporary events—the Civil War, the 1862 U.S.-Dakota War, immigration, drought — in language that, to the modern reader, may seem occasionally brusque or even insensitive. Informed by a prevalent perspective in 1863, Swift’s proclamation now serves as documentary evidence to that perspective yet remains available for ongoing interpretation and analysis.

Christopher Welter, Collections Assistant

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Hotel, Motel, Resturant and Beverage Union button

Friday, November 26th, 2010

Hotel, Motel, Resturant and Beverage Union button

Promoting unionization of the food and restaurant industry, this button was worn by a Local 458 union member and an employee of the Sheraton Ritz in Minneapolis around Thanksgiving, 1968.

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Thanksgiving Postcards

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

Thanksgiving Postcards 3Thanksgiving Postcards 2

A collection of early 20th century Thanksgiving greetings cards sent between a family in Minnesota and North Dakota, circa 1910-1916.

Thanksgiving Postcards 1

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Gobbles Magazine

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Gobbles Magazine, May 1966Gobbles Magazine, August 1966

Gobbles Magazine, November 1966Gobbles Magazine, September 1967

Gobbles, the Official Publication of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association.

Top left: “M-M-M dis toikey’s good” May, 1966.

Top right: “Our turkey exhibit at the state fair” August, 1966.

Bottom left: “Thanksgiving through the ages” November, 1966.

Bottom right: “Senator Mondale barbecues turkey” September, 1967.

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Tom turkey carved by Charles Beck

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Tom turkey carved by Charles Beck

Tom turkey sculpture made of basswood by Fergus Falls artist Charles Beck. Beck glues up blocks of the wood to form the rough shape and then uses a rasp to hand shape the bird forms, leaving the surface textured with the tool marks. Beck considers the carvings sculptures and looks at them as an extension of the landscape. These were made in the early 2000s.

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“Get a Gobbler” punchcard game

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

“Get a Gobbler” punchcard game

“Get a Gobbler” punchcard game board. Front has boxes that players choose with punch-out circles representing women’s names. The winning name is concealed under the turkey tail in the upper right corner. If you guess the correct name, you “get a 10 pound turkey.” Made by Hamilton Manufacturing Co., Minneapolis. 1949.

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