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The True Story of Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 9 - 11:00 AM

Author Kim Kenny explores what the 1621 harvest celebration was really like. Did they eat turkey and mashed potatoes? Who was there? How and when did Thanksgiving become a national holiday?

Kim Kenney graduated summa cum laude from Wells College in Aurora, NY with a major in American history and minor in creative writing. She earned her Master of Arts degree in History Museum Studies at the Cooperstown Graduate Program. Kim became Curator of the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum in October 2001 and was promoted to Executive Director in 2019.  She is the author of eight books: Canton: A Journey Through Time; Canton's West Lawn Cemetery; Canton's Pioneers in Flight; Canton Entertainment; Interpreting Anniversaries and Milestones at Museums and Historic Sites; Through the Lens: The Photography of Frank Dick; Stark County Food:  From Early Farming to Modern Meals (with co-author Barb Abbott of Canton Food Tours), and Murder in Stark County.  Her ninth book, Exploring the American Presidency through 50 Historic Treasures will be released in 2023. Her work has appeared in The Public Historian, the journal of the National Council for Public History; White House History, the journal of the White House Historical Association; The Repository; The Boston Globe; Aviation History; and the literary magazine Mused.  She has appeared on The Daily Show, First Ladies: Influence & Images, and Mysteries at the Museum.  Her program "The 1918 Influenza Pandemic" was featured on C-SPAN's series American History TV. 


5710 12th St NW
Canton, OH 44708
Event Type
Senior Citizen


Stark County District Library

Date / Time

Wednesday, November 9, 2022
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Perry Sippo Branch
(330) 477-8482
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