Displaying Abundance: The New England Thanksgiving

Date(s) - November 21, 2019
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Brick Store Museum


Hear from authors Keith Stavely and Kathleen Fitzgerald, who have published several books on food history and traditions. During this special event, guests can look forward to tasting a few items, too!

In lieu of tickets to the event, the Museum invites donations to its Annual Fund, which seeks to raise $60,000 by December 31st to fuel the Museum’s year-round programming, exhibitions, education, and operations.

The talk itself will focus on the feast held in Plymouth in 1621 and shared by English settlers and native people, which is often called the “first Thanksgiving.” But that festive meal was not comprised of the turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie we now consider fundamental components of the American Thanksgiving dinner. So what did those gathered at Plymouth eat, and what do their foods reveal about who they were?

In their illustrated one-hour presentation, “Displaying Abundance: The New England Thanksgiving,” award-winning food historians Keith Stavely and Kathleen Fitzgerald will dispel the myths surrounding the Thanksgiving menu and tell the real story of how the holiday developed in colonial New England. Through historic accounts, recipes, and descriptions of how they themselves prepared many traditional dishes, the authors will share their take on the diverse, delicious, and sometimes surprising food heritage of New England. Book signing to follow.

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