Underground History: The First Thanksgiving (Maybe)

Nov 16, 2016

Pilgrims and Indians, and a big outdoor feast.  That's what we learned about the roots of the Thanksgiving holiday in elementary school. 

Jean Leon Gerome Ferris's conception of that first Thanksgiving, nearly 300 years after the fact.
Credit Public Domain

There might have been a LITTLE embellishment of the story down the years.  Our resident archaeologists, Mark Tveskov and Chelsea Rose, return with another installment of "Underground History" to sort the fact from the fiction. 

Archaeologist Rae Gould of the Nipmuc Nation of Massachusetts shares some insights; Stephen Sillman of the University of Massachusetts-Boston also gets in on the conversation. 

Prepare to reconsider the stories from grade school.