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Jen Tousey

Sarah Had a Little Plan…or How Thanksgiving Became a National Holiday

Who the heck is Sarah Jospepha Hale and what does a single mom in the 1800s have to do with Thanksgiving? The short answer is…everything. Come join me to learn how this fiesty tenacious lady who didn’t even clear five feet took on the powers that be in her quest to make Thanksgiving a National Holiday. It’s a great story sure to inspire…and give you something great to talk about at the Thanksgiving dinner table.

Session Handouts

Table Talkers Game

Sarah Had a Little Plan or How Thanksgiving Became a National Holiday (HCA2021)-Table Talkers Game to Print-©2021 Jen Tousey


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Sarah Josepha Hale

Sarah Had a Little Plan or How Thanksgiving Became a National Holiday (HCA2021)-Transcript of Letter from Sarah Josepha Hale to Abraham Lincoln-©2021 Jen Tousey

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Jen Tousey

Jen Tousey is a former educator, Daughter of the American Revolution, has a DAR recognized program on this subject, runs a blog on how to enjoy American History with your family, and is a big fan of Thanksgiving. Her book on this subject, Sarah Had a Little Plan, is due out this fall.

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