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The Traditional Thanksgiving Eel

Turkey? No, thanks. I want a traditional Thanksgiving–the way the Pilgrims did theirs. Two years ago, James Prosek wrote in The New York Times that the original Thanksgiving feast may have been upon freshwater eels: Indeed, eel was the dinner that Pilgrims were given on the very day after they made peace with Massasoit, the sachem, [...]

How Straight-laced were the Pilgrims?

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website. How straight-laced were the Pilgrims? They tried to be, but you know how it goes. A shoe gets unbuckled, a bonnet becomes unlaced, and suddenly your hormones go into overdrive. The next thing you know, your horn of [...]

Promised Land

The illustration on the cover of the Thanksgiving issue of The New Yorker magazine shows the Pilgrims immigrating to their new homeland. It’s called “Promised Land” by Christoph Niemann. Link

The Pilgrims Before Plymouth

Before the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock in 1620, the Calvinist group spent about ten years in the Dutch town of Leiden. You probably don’t know much about what happened to them there. Historian Jeremy Dupertuis Bangs spent years piecing the story together, and has documented his findings in a new book. Meanwhile, you can [...]