by David Cardillo, DDNP Staff
The Middletown Transcript, November 25, 1922 depicts an early twentieth-century concept of Thanksgiving. Pumpkins, baskets, corn, and cold-weather references all hold true for our more modern celebration of this holiday.
Likewise, the Delaware City Press, November 21, 1913 has similar scenes of harvest, including the main course at most Thanksgiving feasts even today: turkey!
These historic Delaware newspapers do not only tell the story of the first Thanksgiving. Many of the local gossip or personal columns detail which families are traveling to spend Thanksgiving with distant relatives and which families are hosting distant relatives for Thanksgiving here in Delaware. Thanksgiving was a well-traveled holiday a century ago just as it is today!
To search more Delaware newspapers for Thanksgiving stories, visit the Chronicling America database.