In honor of celebrating Thanksgiving this week in the United States, we dedicate this issue to gratitude.
The history of Thanksgiving
American Thanksgiving is a tradition dating back to 1621, the year after 102 passengers on a ship called the Mayflower left Plymouth, England. Only half survived that first year until November 1621, when Governor William Bradford organized a feast in honor of a successful corn harvest. Included were the Native American allies who showed the colonists how to cultivate corn and other important survival teachings.
It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that Thanksgiving was designated an official holiday by President Abraham Lincoln to honor the widows, orphans and others who suffered because of the Civil War and to “heal the wounds” of the nation. Initially assigned to the last Thursday of November, it was moved up a week in 1939 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to spur retail sales during the Great Depression. Shopping the day after Thanksgiving has become as traditional as eating turkey and pumpkin pie.
Grateful for good food
Following is a collection of Thanksgiving recipes from some of the internet’s best food websites:
Best Thanksgiving recipes of all times from Epicurious
27 classic Thanksgiving recipes from Bon Appétit
Top 50 Thanksgiving recipes from Food Network
Grateful to live in the library
There was a time when some families called a library home. This is the story of one person who grew up in a branch of the New York Public Library system, where his father was a custodian.
How Living In A Library Gave One Man ‘The Thirst Of Learning’
The grateful lawyer
John Kralik was an attorney who had hit a personal and professional rock-bottom when he decided to undertake a project of gratitude–writing a thank you note every day for one year. The following two articles convey his story, and the NPR profile includes his ten tips for writing thank you notes.
How A Simple Act Of Gratitude Changed One Man’s Life – And Can Transform Yours Too
Perfect Thank You Notes: Heartfelt And Handwritten
The grateful librarian turned CEO
LAC Group CEO and founder Deborah Schwarz discusses the history of the company and the state of librarianship in this brief 3-minute video clip.
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Grateful for LAC Group’s continued success
All of us at LAC Group are grateful for over 30 years of the support of our clients. We appreciate your support and wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!