Genealogical Society to hear about the surprising family history of Thanksgiving


By Carolyn Paschal | Archuleta County Genealogical Society

The Archuleta County Genealogical Society (ACGS) is pleased to welcome back Katherine Sturdevant as the presenter at our Nov. 5 meeting. 

Sturdevant is a professor of history at Pikes Peak State College in Colorado Springs. Sturdevant has been a frequent presenter for ACGS. Her book “Bringing Your Family History to Life Through Social History” remains the main resource for using historical methods in genealogy. In her college classes, Sturdevent teaches sessions on the history of all of our most popular seasonal holidays because it is so instructive about our history in general. 

Her topic for this meeting will be “Thanksgiving: The Surprising Family History of America’s Great Food Event.” Come join us to learn the social history of America’s seasonal holiday, which is surprising as much as familiar, but also realize how holiday history can facilitate writing your own family history narratives. 

Surprising Thanksgiving history includes its English roots, how it spread through America, how political it became and that a woman magazine editor was the primary force behind it. Meanwhile, recalling, researching and recording your family holiday customs is a valuable contribution to your own family history. 

The meeting will be held at the Community United Methodist Church on Lewis Street beginning at 10 a.m. Sturdevant’s presentation will be followed by a short business meeting. This will be a hybrid Zoom meeting. Please contact Carolyn Paschal at for the link.

Our goal, as always, is to aid in family history research and writing. Our website is All visitors are welcome and encouraged to attend.