Monroe - Museum Village invites the community to come to our table and share a taste of the past on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 13 and 14, from noon to 4 p.m. Despite its history as a colonial holiday, Thanksgiving wasn’t entrenched until the 19th century. In 1817 New York State adopted Thanksgiving Day as an annual custom. In 1863, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday in November to be Thanksgiving Day in order to bolster the Union’s morale. The museum’s celebration is designed to show how 19th century Americans celebrated this holiday. Watch as women prepare the traditional autumn meal on the open hearth with tools from the period. Visitors are invited to sample all the dishes. The museum will be fully staffed, offering the entire family an opportunity to enjoy history in an interactive and exciting manner. Museum Village is a living history museum preserving a vast collection of eclectic, 19th century artifacts for educational purposes. Using these original and reproduction artifacts, the museum provides hands-on experiences and exhibits illustrating the transition from a rural to an industrial culture and economy in America.
Essential information Museum Village’s annual Thanksgiving Celebration will be held Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 13 and 14, from noon to 4 p.m. Admission $5 for tasting and $3for a site tour, which includes candle-making. Children under four receive free admission. For more information, visit www.museumvillage.org.