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Feeling Thankful 

As Thanksgiving approaches, we have much to be thankful for here at the National Archives. We are especially grateful for the records we hold in trust, and for our Catalog that allows us to share these records with you. We are also thankful for our colleagues, who inspired us with this idea to create a Thanksgiving meal through our records!

As you gather around the table this holiday season, we hope you find inspiration from these historic recipes and photographs found in the National Archives. Enjoy!

Appetizers are a great way to welcome your guests. We recommend Rosalynn Carter’s Plains Special Cheese Ring Recipe. (Trust us, it is delicious!)
Plains Special Cheese Ring recipe

Be sure to offer a toast to your special guests!

Photograph of the Four Presidents (Reagan, Carter, Ford, Nixon) toasting in the Blue Room

Need some inspiration? Try this fancy Manhattan Cocktail, or use this chart to construct the perfect cocktail.

Information Letter on the Manhattan Cocktail

This turkey is looking good! (And of course you can't forget the gravy.)


Basting Turkeys

Need a side dish? The Republican Congressional Cook Book, ca. 1962 is filled with recipes that would be perfect for your Thanksgiving table. Why don’t you try the Georgia Sweet Potato Souffle?

Recipe book

Save room for dessert! You’re sure to please everyone with this selection of pies.

Pie Judging Contest with Dr. Louise Stanley and Mary Lindsay

But if you only have time to make one, we recommend Nancy Reagan’s Pumpkin Pecan Pie recipe.

Browse more recipes in our Catalog. Have you tried any of these recipes? Let us know how they turned out! Email us at

Transcriber Task Update!
In our last newsletter, we put out a call for seasoned transcribers to join our Transcriber Task Force.
Transcriber Task Force

We challenged the group with a World War I mission, asking for help transcribing two big file units from the series: "Correspondence, Reports, and Other Records Relating to American Indians Serving with the American Expeditionary Forces, 1917 - 1919."

This was a big record challenge: 339 pages in total. Within two weeks, 276 pages were transcribed by the task force! Thank you to all who jumped in!

Interested in joining the Task Force? Email us at
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at the National Archives!
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