Thanksgiving from the Archives: Beinecke Library 2021

November 23, 2021

By Michael Morand

Beinecke Library staff and friends renewed the tradition of a “feast” featuring items from the collections this year, gathering in a classroom on November 19, 2021, after a pause in 2020 due to the pandemic. Watch some of this year’s version of the annual tradition here:

This 2021 Thanksgiving buffet of books and other materials featured cookbooks, book plates, plates, placemats, cups, and napkins. Some highlights included:

The world was at the table, in the form of Newton’s New Terrestrial Globe, 1818, from the library of Stephen F. Gates. The display also included the Thanksgiving Proclamation by President George Washington from 1789, the first national celebration of the holiday.

Library staff and guests around the table included students Alvin Ashiatey (Yale School of Art), Claire Barnes (Yale Divinity School), and Jailon Henry (Yale College); and faculty and staff Mark Bomford, director of the Yale Sustainable Food Project; Paul Freedman Chester D. Tripp Professor of History; Michelle Light, associate university librarian for special collections and director of the Beinecke Library; Michael Morand, communications director of the Beinecke Library, Karin Roffman, senior lecturer in humanities and associate director of public humanities; and Maria Trumpler, director of the office of LGTBQ resources and senior lecturer in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies.

You can watch the 2017, 2018, and 2019 archives Thanksgiving (or Thingsgiving) – celebrations on the library’s YouTube channel: