Friday, November 22, 2019

Thanksgiving in the West

Post by Doris McCraw
writing as Angela Raines

As an author and historian, I spend a lot of time in the research section of libraries, museums and of course old newspapers. As I was preparing this post I came across some great articles about Thanksgiving I simply have to share. Perhaps you may find your next story spark, or just enjoy Thanksgiving from back in the day.

This first piece was found in the Pueblo Daily Chieftain, from November 29, 1888.

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From that same issue a bit of humor.

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From the Colorado Miner (Weekly) in Georgetown, CO. of  November 24, 1877, we find a big sporting event.

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I will end with a joyous piece from the Rocky Mountain Sun in Aspen, CO. of November 27, 1885

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I confess I love reading old newspapers. Their language, the sense of humor and stories of what they thought were important for their readers to know. As I write my stories I know I will use pieces of the past to add elements of reality to the fiction I am creating. The authenticity of place, even if fictional, is important to me. The stories from the newspapers in that area are priceless to me for that reason.

I hope you all enjoyed these tidbits from the early days of Colorado and our country. Wishing everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Doris Gardner-McCraw -
Author, Speaker, Historian-specializing in
Colorado and Women's History
Writing fiction as Angela Rains
Angela Raines - author: Where Love & History Meet
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