Thanksgiving Day Greetings from the HSR

This holiday is often a time for homecomings, parades,  football games, and possibly planning one’s shopping for Black Friday. At some point between commercial breaks and dessert some family member is sure to start reminiscing about a childhood event, a family ritual, or a missing loved one.  Remember that these will be the good ‘ol days some day and the stuff of historical societies in the future.

Thanksgiving Day Greetings 1909, scan courtesy of Mary Yearly Flanagan
We spend no small amount of effort on these pages trying to determine who lived in a house a century ago,  where our several post offices were and when, or examining lives of past citizens. The people living here and the way of life experienced in this borough – the ancestry and culture of Riverton, if you will – seem still worth preserving and documenting over 160 years after its founding.

Just a thought… if anyone is in a position to record for posterity these present-day tales of ancestry or any one of so many everyday vignettes that are part of what we will all want people to know of Riverton 30, 40, or 50 years hence, please help chronicle, record, and illustrate these future olden times.

– John McCormick, Gaslight News editor



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John McCormick

Teacher at Riverton School 1974-2019, author, amateur historian, Historical Society of Riverton Board Member 2007-2023, newsletter editor 2007-2023, website editor 2011-2023

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