The First Thanksgiving with Marc Callis

The First Thanksgiving with Marc Callis


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Most people in America and many people in the rest of the world have heard about the first Thanksgiving, the feasting event in 1621 when English settlers in Plymouth shared food with local Indians to celebrate a good harvest, and, more importantly, having survived their first year.

In this conversation, we will discuss what really happened at that fateful feast. A feast whose real history has become so mythologized over the centuries, that distinguishing fact from legend can be a challenge. Importantly, we will discuss how the feast fit into the context not just of the English settlers, but of the people who were already there -- people who were trying to figure out just how these newcomers would fit into the complex web of conflicts and alliances that comprised early seventeenth-century New England.

Led by early colonial history expert Marc Callis, this interactive seminar will expose participants to the truth behind the first Thanksgiving, doing its best to separate fact from reality. Designed to inform curiosity and enhance learning, participants will emerge with a clearer understanding of what really happened in 1621.

Trained as a historian and archaeologist, Marc has worked at history museums and community colleges all over the US. His historical interests, which have led him to author numerous historical articles, academic and popular, for publications in the US and Europe, range from architectural history, to the Spanish Empire, to Mesoamerica and the pre-Hispanic North American Southwest. His current historical project is a book about the Presidio (i.e., old Spanish fort) San Agustin del Tucson in Tucson, Arizona. Additionally, Marc likes to shoot photographs, paint, build models, and write cosmicist fantasy in the tradition of HP Lovecraft. In 2017 he published his first collection of stories and novellas entitled "The Esoteric Order of Dagon."

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Kathy K (Leominster, US)
Excellent presentation

I attend Context Conversations regularly and always look at the topics and my availability when I see that Marc is presenting. This conversation was just as well planed and informative as all of the others he facilitates. If you are interested in his topics, you won’t be disappointed.

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J. (Nashville, US)
Interesting...deep history on the indian tribes

This was lecture was interesting, but different than I was anticipating. The majority of the conversation centered around the area tribes, their relationship dynamic with one another and the Pilgrims during the first few years of the colonies. Marc did a good job explaining what is perceived to be the "first" Thanksgiving. But, I would have liked to understood when in history the holiday transformed to what we know today, and how many years was it before the connection to the pilgrims as the origin of the holiday was made. Unfortunately I had to miss the live version, and watched the recording after the fact, or I would have asked the question. ha! But, still a good lecture on the early sociopolitical climate of the early colonies.

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Uncle Mex (Glen Cove, US)
Interesting topic...presentation felt short

This was by far the most chaotic and frustrating Context conversation we have attended. Marc clearly has a passion for the topic and did his research. Marc did a good job of separating the myth from the facts about the first Thanksgiving and I took away a few interesting nuggets about the status quo in Plymouth Colony in the 17th century.

However, Marc’s presentation totally lacked organization; he was all over the place and therefore hard to follow. Moreover, he took a break at only 30 minutes into the presentation - have never seen this before and further contributed to the chaotic nature of this talk.

I would avoid his talks in the future.

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Anonymous (Portland, US)
Charmless and tedious

I am so glad I have been to so many delightful Context Conversations so I realize how good they usually are. This one did not live up to the usual standards.

Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
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Kathy K (Leominster, US)
Excellent presentation

I attend Context Conversations regularly and always look at the topics and my availability when I see that Marc is presenting. This conversation was just as well planed and informative as all of the others he facilitates. If you are interested in his topics, you won’t be disappointed.

J
J. (Nashville, US)
Interesting...deep history on the indian tribes

This was lecture was interesting, but different than I was anticipating. The majority of the conversation centered around the area tribes, their relationship dynamic with one another and the Pilgrims during the first few years of the colonies. Marc did a good job explaining what is perceived to be the "first" Thanksgiving. But, I would have liked to understood when in history the holiday transformed to what we know today, and how many years was it before the connection to the pilgrims as the origin of the holiday was made. Unfortunately I had to miss the live version, and watched the recording after the fact, or I would have asked the question. ha! But, still a good lecture on the early sociopolitical climate of the early colonies.

U
Uncle Mex (Glen Cove, US)
Interesting topic...presentation felt short

This was by far the most chaotic and frustrating Context conversation we have attended. Marc clearly has a passion for the topic and did his research. Marc did a good job of separating the myth from the facts about the first Thanksgiving and I took away a few interesting nuggets about the status quo in Plymouth Colony in the 17th century.

However, Marc’s presentation totally lacked organization; he was all over the place and therefore hard to follow. Moreover, he took a break at only 30 minutes into the presentation - have never seen this before and further contributed to the chaotic nature of this talk.

I would avoid his talks in the future.

A
Anonymous (Portland, US)
Charmless and tedious

I am so glad I have been to so many delightful Context Conversations so I realize how good they usually are. This one did not live up to the usual standards.