Legislative Branch

November Feature:
Congress Establishes Thanksgiving

On September 28, 1789, just before leaving for recess, the first Federal Congress passed a resolution asking that the President of the United States recommend to the nation a day of thanksgiving. A few days later, President George Washington issued a proclamation naming Thursday, November 26, 1789 as a "Day of Publick Thanksgivin" — the first time Thanksgiving was celebrated under the new Constitution. Subsequent presidents issued Thanksgiving Proclamations, but the dates and even months of the celebrations varied.

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Researching Congressional Records

While congressional publications can be found nationwide, the Center's combination of publications and unpublished committee records make our holdings unique.

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Educational Resources

Our lesson plans are designed to assist teachers with using primary source materials to integrate Congress into history, government, and civics classes.

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