Thanksgiving week gives us an opportunity to reflect on things for which we are grateful. It seems even more significant as we approach a new decade. At Case Medical, the list always begins with family, friends, and health. Many among you are counted as friends, and we are proud and humbled daily to be part of an industry that serves to protect and champion patient health and safety. To honor the holiday this year, we’ve decided to share some little-known history of this national holiday of Thanksgiving.
Our source is "Thanksgiving: The Holiday at the Heart of the American Experience" by Melanie Kirkpatrick. Here are some of our favorite tidbits.
- The often-referenced celebration in 1621 shared by the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag tribe featured venison was likely just a typical Harvest Feast.
- By the latter half of the 1800s, many states had established days of Thanksgiving, but they were scattered across the calendar. Magazine editor Sarah Josepha Hale campaigned through her magazine, fiction writing, poems, and even letters to several presidents to align to a single national day of Thanksgiving. She even published recipes including those for roast turkey and pumpkin pie.
- Inspired by Sarah Josepha Hale’s vision, Abraham Lincoln called on Americans to be grateful, to celebrate with one heart and one voice, in a Day of National Thanksgiving. The year was 1863 and the country was in the midst of the Civil War.
- It wasn’t until 1941 that Franklin Roosevelt declared Thanksgiving as an official national holiday.
In honor of the path we’ve traveled to this holiday, we invite you to join us and celebrate with one heart and one voice.
Happy Thanksgiving to one and all!