Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A Martin-Wright Thanksgiving Chronology

1621: The Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians share a harvest feast

1623: The aforementioned hold the second Thanksgiving feast (to finally finish the leftovers from 1621?)

1789:  President George Washington makes the first proclamation of Thanksgiving by the United States government

1863:  In the midst of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln calls for a "National Day of Thanksgiving"

1865: Darwin Martin is born in Bouckville, NY

c. 1873  Darwin Martin is attacked by a "bull turkey" in Nebraska

1867: Frank Lloyd Wright is born in Richland Center, WI

1893: "Lieber Meister" Louis Sullivan calls Wright a turkey (among other names)

1903-05:  Wright and Martin collaborate to create some buildings in Buffalo, NY

1934:  NBC radio broadcasts the first Thanksgiving Day football game (Lions vs. Bears), giving Americans everywhere a new form of turkey-day entertainment

1941:  FDR signs legislation officially making Thanksgiving the fourth Thursday in November

2010:  The Martin House Restoration Corporation adds additional Thanksgiving weekend tours to help entertain your in-laws

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