For many years I had the privilege of studying closely, then writing, directing, and producing scores of students in Christian and home school venues, dramatizing the actual events of the Plimoth Plantation Thanksgiving of 1621. Though settlers in Virginia had already set aside a day to give thanks in 1619, it is the dramatic tale of the pilgrims who sailed the Mayflower from Plimoth, England to Massachusetts in the New World, to establish a colony there, that we look back upon.
Though many have told the tale, it has been watered down—if not completely distorted—for various agendas through the years. However, documented, primary source writings from the men and women who lived the story remain, with the truth to be told. Many of these first person accounts can be referenced in the life work of Verna M. Hall of the Foundation for American Christian Education in The Christian History of the Constitution of the United States of America–my go-to for the facsimile of William Bradford’s account of the History of Plimoth Plantation penned within 30 years of the 1620 settlement.
This week I’m kicking off my annual 5 part series blog post re-publication of From Leyden to Liberty with a podcast on the topic–featuring a book review of an excellent new resource for the American family by Dr. Max Lyons of the Foundation for American Christian Education.
I’m sharing a couple of inspirational snippets from Dr. Lyons’ segment on Thanksgiving in America, leading into a quick recap of the Plimoth Plantation story wrapped around the Ballad of Plimoth Plantation song.
Note: I spell “Plimoth” the way it was originally spelled by the pilgrims at the time of its founding.
. . . and a capella, at that.
I’m clearing my throat even now for the iffy part in the middle of each verse . . . AHEM!
I’ve listed resources for further research in the podcast end credits. I have printed them here with links to purchase for your convenience:
For further research on some of the topics presented today, refer to:
Celebrate Our Christian Holidays Like You Were There by Dr. Max Lyons
The Diary of William Bradford compiled with other primary source documents in The Christian History of the Constitution of the United States of America by Verna M. Hall
For information on these publications plus information on Principle Approach Education visit the Foundation for American Christian Education at www.FACE.net.
Read my book review of Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving, by Laurie Halse Anderson, in the Fall 2015 issue of Ruby for Women Magazine online at www.rubyforwomen.com.
Read my 5 part series on Thanksgiving with a host of historical details and illustrations at www.thewritersreverie.com. Links to each installment of the series releasing November 21 through the 25, 2015, will be added below as they are published.
Download and print out a FREE fine art Historical Timeline suitable for homeschool and classroom use at pageantwagonpublishing.com—just click on the Free Printables tab and scroll down the page to download.
May you and your family enjoy a blessed and generous Thanksgiving celebration, remembering our Father of Lights from whom all good gifts are given.
In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you!
1 Thessalonians 5:18
Sharing PODCAST #3: From Leyden to Liberty: The Thanksgiving Tale this week with:
Fellowship Fridays at Christian Mommy Blogger
Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound
Not Just Homemaking Party at Hope in Every Season