Here is a sampling of photographs which we have for our family’s Thanksgiving time travel adventures so far. If you require the images in better quality, or if you would like to request us to take specific pictures, we would be happy to help. Just contact us at Victorian[at]LetsPlayHistory.org. Ideas are from The American Patriot’s Treasury of Historical Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas.
2008 (we have costumes!):
Carrie drains grape juice while Elena rests. September family get-together. New England history and instructions for grape stomping are provided in the guide. Costumes are period authentic, but not class authentic. The Mayflower women were all middle class citizens and would not have been caught dead showing their undergarment sleeves! There is an excellent period costume overview in the guide, covering both English and Native Wampanoag attire.
Here we are roasting rabbit (a first time experience for most of us), and boiling hickory nuts for “powcohiccora” in one of the Native-style pots Carrie made. We had a bet going as to whether or not the Indian corn would pop, but you’ll have to give a corn offering of your own to find out the answer!
Here is an interpretation of an early New England Wampanoag place setting – very fun! We do not recommend using real turtle shells, however, for sanitation and environmental reasons. We are inviting the public to join our LPH co-op for the manufacture of immitation turtle shells (see guide or Co-op page for details). Purchasing information for the flint knife is provided in the guide.