Podcast #3: From Leyden to Liberty–The Thanksgiving Tale

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.

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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.

The Christian History of the Constitution of the United States of America, Christian self-government, Principle Approach Education

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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

Celebrate Our Christian Holidays Like You Were There, by Max Lyons

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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.

[Tweet “Yes–Miss Kathy will attempt to sing it, as she’s done for some 20 years!”]

. . . 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.

Listen to Vintage Book Treasure Hunt: The Courtship of Miles Standish, Podcast #21, for more details about how John Alden won Priscilla Mullens heart through the courtship of Miles Standish–true story! Miss Kathy explores this classic poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. 

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.

And So it Begins: Thanksgiving Part 1

In an Indian Village: Thanksgiving Part 2

Mayflower Memoirs: Thanksgiving Part 3

Lifestyles of Plimoth Plantation: Thanksgiving Part 4

A Thankful Heart: Thanksgiving Part 5


Click to order this complete teaching resource of the Plimoth Plantation Thanksgiving story including 4 scripts for varied cast sizes, flexible age levels, and venue staging and production notes. Instructions for props, costumes, and music, too! Includes royalty performance permissions! Comes 3-hole punched for script printing and binder ready.

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

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Sharing PODCAST #3: From Leyden to Liberty: The Thanksgiving Tale  this week with:

Thought Provoking Thursdays

Fellowship Fridays at Christian Mommy Blogger

Faith Filled Fridays

Essential Things Fridays

Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound

TGI Saturdays

Spiritual Sundays

Literacy Musing Mondays

Wholehearted Wednesdays

A Little R and R Wednesdays

Not Just Homemaking Party at Hope in Every Season

Vintage Mama’s Cottage

Katherine’s Corner

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About Miss Kathy

"I teach families how to restore their God-given authority as the primary educator in their child’s life through the experience of reading together as a family. Learn how to use literature to create teachable moments, build strong minds, and bind loving hearts."

Kathryn Ross, writer, speaker, and dramatist, ignites a love of literature and learning to equip young and old towards developing a Family Literacy Lifestyle—reading together, learning together, loving together. Her works challenge families to deepen their literacy skills and grow into the greater things God has purposed for them. She’s taught in Christian and homeschool circles, trained in the Principle Approach® through the Foundation for American Christian Education. Miss Kathy owns Pageant Wagon Publishing, producing homeschool enrichment materials, devotional works, study guides, and theatrical dramas for church, school, and community production. She podcasts at TheWritersReverie.com and blogs at PageantWagonPublishing.com.


  1. So glad to visit today via #FaithFilledFriday where we are neighbors. I am a history lover, too, and especially enjoy looking at its weaving in and out of Scripture. Great to connect!

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