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Holiday Fun For Everyone At HMNS
November 19, 2018 · Be The First To Comment

Thanksgiving is a very special time of the year. Some of us eagerly anticipate reuniting with our loved ones, sharing stories of the past with the old, anticipating the future (especially the coming Christmas holiday) with the young. Others of us may feel a little overwhelmed at the logistics of these gatherings and the minor […]

Ambition, Death and Political Entrigue: The Real Story of the First Thanksgiving
November 14, 2018 · 2 Comments

We all know Thanksgiving as the day the Pilgrims of Plymouth celebrated surviving their first year in the Americas by inviting their Native American friends over for three days of feasting and games, but the truth is a little more complex than that. While constant raiding and warfare between Native Americans and English settlers plagued the […]

Edible Gardening, Ancient Fossils And Women In Space: Out Of This World Fun This Week At HMNS
November 12, 2018 · Be The First To Comment

Lecture – Cultivating the Next Generation of Female Space Pioneers by Carolyn Sumners Women have played a vital role in the U.S. space program since its inception in the 1940’s. While women were once considered unfit for space travel, the most recent NASA class is 50 percent female.   As we begin celebrating the 50th […]

The End Of Daylight Savings Means More Starry Skies! Here’s What to Look Up For This Month
November 2, 2018 · Be The First To Comment

  Constellations in the November southern sky are almost entirely devoid of bright stars.  They represent beasts and gods related to water, indicating that they are part of the ‘Celestial Sea’.  Examples are Aquarius, the Water Bearer and Pisces, the Fish.  Even Capricornus, the Goat, has a fish tail because he’s originally Ea, Babylonian god […]

The Surprising Origins Of Popular Halloween Traditions
October 29, 2018 · 1 Comment

  The ghosts of all things past parade, Emerging from the mist and shade That hid them from our gaze, And, full of song and ringing mirth, In one glad moment of rebirth, And again they walk the ways of earth As in the ancient days. – Hallowe’en John Kendrick Bangs   I remember the […]

A Few Member Benefits Most HMNS Members Don’t Know About
October 24, 2018 · Be The First To Comment

By Kimberly Vera, Membership Copywriter       Becoming an HMNS member has many benefits —some, you might not be aware of, so join me as I take a closer look at a few and highlight my personal favorites.    New! Fossil Discovery! One major perk to becoming an HMNS member is FREE entrance into our […]

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Ambition, Death and Political Entrigue: The Real Story of the First Thanksgiving

Chris · November 19, 2018, 9:36 am

Thank you for the compliment! There are links in the blog to academic articles on the subject that might be more illuminating. I wanted to include a link to a version of William Bradford's account, but couldn't find a free version online. But if you feel like buying a copy, it's a great source of first-hand information, everything in this blog was taken from it.

JDR · November 18, 2018, 3:08 pm

Thank you for a well written article. I am an upper elementary teacher with the responsibility to teach the "First Thanksgiving" story. I try to be truthful with the students in the fact that peaceful relations did not last (as often portrayed in the videos or short stories for elementary students). I believe your writing has clarified the inner struggles that were present between Squanto and Massasoit, the Wampanoag Confederation and other surrounding Indigenous Tribes, versus the violent English vs Native American conflicts in Virginia. I will use this information to readjust my lesson content.

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The Surprising Origins Of Popular Halloween Traditions

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