Passeth the Cranb’rry Sauce! The Medieval Origins of Thanksgiving

Dutch painter Pieter Claesz’s Still Life with Turkey Pie (1627) features a cooked turkey that’s been placed back inside its original skin, feathers and all. Wikimedia Commons Most of the flavor combinations and traditions we’ve come to associate with the holiday date back to the Middle Ages. By Dr. Ken Albala / 11.25.2015 Professor of History Chair of Food Studies University of the Pacific How[…]

The Murky Origins of the Annual Presidential Turkey Pardon

So when exactly did presidents begin pardoning the Thanksgiving turkey? By Dr. Suzy Evans, J.D. / 06.29.2018 Historian and Attorney Some historians say that the origins of the National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation date back to the 1860s, when Abraham Lincoln’s son Tad begged his dad to spare the life of a wild turkey that had been sent to the[…]

How Advertising Shaped Thanksgiving as We Know It

Libby’s continues to fiercely compete with pumpkin pie peddlers Borden’s, Snowdrift and Mrs. Smith’s for a place on the Thanksgiving table. Jean Beaufort By Dr. Samantha N.N. Cross / 11.20.2017 Associate Professor of Marketing Iowa State University I have always been intrigued by Thanksgiving – the traditions, the meal, the idea of a holiday that is[…]