Saturday, October 3, 2009

Save the Date – Thanksgiving Day

Today in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln declared the last Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day. Prior to the federal appointment of a day of thanksgiving, the holiday was celebrated by different states on different days. It is believed that Secretary of State William Seward actually composed the proclamation designating an official Thanksgiving Day. The manuscript of the proclamation was later sold to benefit Union troops. To read the proclamation in its entirety, click here.

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