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November 21, 2006

The National Archives Celebrates Thanksgiving

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President Richard Nixon and turkey

Turkey presentation for Thanksgiving, 11/18/1969
White House Photo Office Collection (Nixon Administration), 01/20/1969 - 08/09/1974 [National Archives Identifier 194663]

President Harry Truman and turkey


But was that turkey pardoned? The Truman Library tackles this question.


Photograph of President Truman receiving a Thanksgiving turkey from members of the Poultry and Egg National Board and other representatives of the turkey industry, outside the White House., 11/16/1949
Harry S. Truman Library
[National Archives Identifier 200138]

George Washington's October 3, 1789, Thanksgiving Day Proclamation, 10/03/1789

General Records of the United States Government, 1778 - 2006 [National Archives Identifier 299956]

The House Joint Resolution Making the Last Thursday in November a Legal Holiday, 12/26/41

77th Congress, Record Group 233, Records of the U.S. House of Representatives held by the Center for Legislative Archives.

President Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Day Proclamation of October 3, 1863 (Presidential Proclamation 106)., 10/03/1863, Page 1

General Records of the United States Government, 1778 – 2006 [National Archives Identifier 299960]

President Abraham Lincoln's Thanksgiving Day Proclamation of October 3, 1863 (Presidential Proclamation 106)., 10/03/1863, Page 2

General Records of the United States Government, 1778 – 2006 [National Archives Identifier 299960]

President Abraham Lincoln's Thanksgiving Day Proclamation of October 3, 1863 (Presidential Proclamation 106)., 10/03/1863, Page 3

General Records of the United States Government, 1778 – 2006 [National Archives Identifier 299960]

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