|President Truman receiving a Thanksgiving turkey from
members of the|
Poultry and Egg National Board outside the White House, 16 Nov 1949
Harry S. Truman Library (NLHST)
[ARC Identifier 200138]
Did you know that the Presidential tradition of pardoning a holiday turkey did not start with Harry Truman, as commonly believed? I had no idea the historical record was so murky – something genealogists are used to dealing with! – but the background for the custom is here.
Happy Thanksgiving to all my U.S. readers. May you all get lots of new family information along with your turkey this holiday.