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Take Back the Spirit of Thanksgiving #StateofGiving

AE Curator Oct 30
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In 1619, upon their safe arrival to the New World from Bristol, England, English settlers observed a ceremony of Thanksgiving on the banks of the James River. This ceremony marked America’s first official English Thanksgiving, so like America, Thanksgiving started in Virginia. Join American Evolution as we take back and celebrate the spirit of Thanksgiving through the exchange of stories about giving thanks, coming together despite differences, and taking care of our families and neighbors. Below, you can find some helpful tips and prompts to get you started.

Helpful Tips 

Video/Audio story
Use a smartphone to film or record a 2-3 minute video or audio recording answering one of the prompts listed below. Think of the story, outline the key points on paper, and rehearse telling it a couple of times before recording. While filming, make sure you have good lighting and hold the phone about one foot away so your head and shoulders fill the frame.

Text story
Take 30-60 minutes to draft a 200-500 word text story answering one of the prompts listed below. The story should take a narrative approach detailing your experiences and the emotions you felt along the way.

Suggested Prompts

What does Thanksgiving mean to you?

What Thanksgiving traditions have been passed down in your family?

Tell us about a time when you have shared what you have to offer with people in need.

Share a story about a time when the spirit of Thanksgiving made a difference to you.

Tell us a story about how the meanings of ‘home’ and ‘family’ and the ways in which you are thankful for them have changed for you.

Ask a grandparent or elder what they are most grateful for and how they want to be remembered.

Who is one of your favorite relatives and why?

Why are you thankful for your right to vote?

Tell us about a time when you were thankful to exercise your civic duty.

Get started today!


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