The First Thanksgiving with Marc Callis

The First Thanksgiving with Marc Callis


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Most people in America and many people in the rest of the world have heard about the first Thanksgiving, the feasting event in 1621 when English settlers in Plymouth shared food with local Indians to celebrate a good harvest, and, more importantly, having survived their first year.

In this conversation, we will discuss what really happened at that fateful feast. A feast whose real history has become so mythologized over the centuries, that distinguishing fact from legend can be a challenge. Importantly, we will discuss how the feast fit into the context not just of the English settlers, but of the people who were already there -- people who were trying to figure out just how these newcomers would fit into the complex web of conflicts and alliances that comprised early seventeenth-century New England.

Led by early colonial history expert Marc Callis, this interactive seminar will expose participants to the truth behind the first Thanksgiving, doing its best to separate fact from reality. Designed to inform curiosity and enhance learning, participants will emerge with a clearer understanding of what really happened in 1621.

Trained as a historian and archaeologist, Marc has worked at history museums and community colleges all over the US. His historical interests, which have led him to author numerous historical articles, academic and popular, for publications in the US and Europe, range from architectural history, to the Spanish Empire, to Mesoamerica and the pre-Hispanic North American Southwest. His current historical project is a book about the Presidio (i.e., old Spanish fort) San Agustin del Tucson in Tucson, Arizona. Additionally, Marc likes to shoot photographs, paint, build models, and write cosmicist fantasy in the tradition of HP Lovecraft. In 2017 he published his first collection of stories and novellas entitled "The Esoteric Order of Dagon."

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Charmless and tedious