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A December Thanksgiving in Davenport, 1865

One hundred and fifty years ago this coming week, on December 7, 1865, Davenporters observed a memorable National Day of Thanksgiving. In the words of Iowa Governor William M. Stone’s proclamation, printed in the Davenport Daily Gazette on the 6th, … Continue reading

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The St. James Thanksgiving Feast: 1891

We have located another wonderful hotel menu printed in a local newspaper highlighting the amazing Thanksgiving feast awaiting hotel patrons at a local establishment. This year’s selection is from the Davenport Daily Leader, published on November 25, 1891 on page 5. The … Continue reading

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Turkey Notes: The 2015 additions

As loyal readers of this blog know, this is the time of the year when we share our favorite Turkey Notes submitted by staff of the Davenport Public Library. If you are not among our regular readers, our best explanation is … Continue reading

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Four “Helpful” Thanksgiving Menus – 1900 Style

Are you in the midst of planning your Thanksgiving feast this year? Are you thinking of adding some new dishes to the same-old, same-old holiday fare? It appears that the urge to freshen up one’s Thanksgiving menu is nothing new—cooks were … Continue reading

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Time to Talk Turkey (Notes)

Yes, it’s that time of year, when we in SC nag request Turkey Notes from library staff and present them to you. You’re welcome! If you aren’t aware of the Turkey Note tradition, our best explanation is here. But honestly, … Continue reading

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It’s Turkey Note Time!

It’s that special time of year when the leaves turn beautiful, the weather turns ugly, and those new to our fair city turn to our Special Collections Center for information about Turkey Notes Our standard explanation is here. And once … Continue reading

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Happy “Franksgiving!”

Turkey Red, Turkey Blue, Turkey Says,  “Happy Franksgiving to You!” No, rest assured this is not a blog about Halloween crossing over into Thanksgiving.  This is just a brief peak at a moment in history when the United States struggled … Continue reading

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