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Do you remember making hand outline turkey art in elementary school, while learning about how the Pilgrims and the Indians (now called Native Americans) sat down together for a harvest celebration feast at Plymouth Plantation in 1621?

Were you also taught that a New Hampshire woman was responsible for making the last Thursday in November a national holiday?

Sarah Josepha Buell was born in Newport, NH, in 1788. In an era when girls didn’t receive a formal education, Sarah was home-schooled and self-taught (an autodidact). In 1813 she married David Hale, gave birth to 5 children, and was widowed in 1822. She wore black the rest of her life, until her death in 1879 at the age of 90, as a sign of perpetual mourning.

Mrs. Hale never remarried and was able to support herself with writing and editing work. She’s perhaps most famous for writing the nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” which Thomas Edison immortalized when he recorded it into his phonograph invention.[…]

Thank this New Hampshire woman for Thanksgiving — Vermont Daily Chronicle