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Jumpstreet’s Ode to U.S. Thanksgiving

Posted by Michael Johnson on Thu, Nov 28, 2013 @ 09:37 AM


Just as we’re finishing our leftovers from Jumpstreet’s Canadian Thanksgiving in October, that sweet aroma of gravy and pie is already wafting in from our neighbours down south! Grab your turkey basters ladies and gentlemen, because US Thanksgiving is here. It’s a good thing we kept our elastic-waist jeans on.

Here are just some of the things for which Jumpstreet is thankful:

Old Montréal, where Jumpstreet founder Mark Clarke got his first taste for educational travel as a tour leader 30 years ago.

All smiles at the dinner table

Bright pink K-Ways. That’s right folks; we’re talking bright pink windbreakers. In the early days of Jumpstreet, long before its tour leader team swelled to over 70 bilingual superstars, Mark was a one-man show. He wore a bright pink K-Way to help him literally and figuratively stand out in the crowd. It was the kind of bold, playful gesture that continues to course through Jumpstreet’s veins to this day.

Gravy. Between turkey, mashed potatoes, cipaille and poutine, we are oh-so grateful for boats and boats of gravy.

You, of course! If you’re reading this, chances are you’re interested in educational travel. And we’re incredibly grateful for that! To the teachers, students and communities that share in our devotion to exploring the world outside of the classroom, we thank you simply for being you.

Speaking of exploration, our Boston 4 day Spring itinerary is a great way to gain insight into the history of American Thanksgiving and the role it plays in American history at large. Some of the most crucial seeds of US history were sown at the Plimoth Plantation, a site whose 3-day festivity in 1621, according to James W. Baker, marked “the historical birth of the American Thanksgiving holiday.”

Discovering Plimoth Plantation

The exact date of the event that we know and love today bounced around the calendar for centuries, and the site of the first ‘official’ Thanksgiving has been contested by the likes of Massachusetts, Florida, Texas, Maine and Virginia. It wasn’t until 1941 that legislation formally ruled the date as the fourth Thursday of November.

Kicking things off at Plimoth Plantation is a great introduction to early US history, but it doesn’t stop there. You and your students will move on to explore the Mayflower II before heading off to downtown Boston, where our historic walking tours are the closest you’ll come to time travel. To experience Boston with Jumpstreet is to retrace a country’s fascinating and intrepid roots. The concept of Thanksgiving speaks to the values from which the United States has evolved. A trip to Boston will inspire not only the significance of its place in modern history, but also the importance of giving thanks.

Topics: Jumpstreet, student, tours, American Travel, Student travel, Boston, Holiday, History