Question by purplecopy: What did they eat at the first thanksgiving dinner in the white house?
I have searched and searched. My son has to do a report about the first thanksgiving dinner in the white house and what was on the menu. We need help PLEASE
Answer by David
The article about Sarah Childress Polk (wife of President James Polk) at Wikipedia names her as the first lady who started the tradition of thanksgiving dinner.
An article about turkey and thanksgiving at http://www.dailypreparedness.com/category/food/preparation/ contains the following quote:
“Since Sarah Polk, wife of President James K. Polk, hosted the first traditional White House Thanksgiving dinner featuring a turkey, the turkey has remained as the symbol of our Thanksgiving celebration.”
After further research on the web, I discovered that most sites merely mention the fact of the dinner, not the menu. I would recommend that you contact someone by e-mail that would know the answer, for example you could contact the White House directly at http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact.
There’s also a contact page for the National First Ladies’ Library at http://www.firstladies.org/contactlibrary.aspx. I would e-mail or telephone Martha Regula,
Research Library Director, 330-452-0876 Ex 303, firstname.lastname@example.org or Michelle Gullion, Archives Director,330-452-0876 ex. 323, email@example.com.
Or you could see if a local library has a biography of Sarah Polk.
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