Happy Thanksgiving from bepress!

Gather round for some Thanksgiving-themed Digital Commons Community collections to add spice to your big meal on Thursday—and no need to loosen your belt after reading them! At bepress we’re thrilled that so many of you are capturing your institution’s larger social and cultural context in your institutional repositories, such as these stories of campus togetherness. Below are some holiday collections of gratitude for you to enjoy on this special day!

Maine News Index – Maine Times in Portland Public Library Digital Commons  offers “Books & the Arts” on a Shaker Thanksgiving Day with related articles on the history of Thanksgiving Day and Shakerism in America. In Digital Commons @ Seattle Pacific University’s “Thanksgiving Gathering: Sharing Our Stories of Thanks,” two faculty members and an SPU junior share their thanksgiving stories.

Many IRs house historical collections, including the Special Thanksgiving Services “Symbolism of a Thankful Heart” with music by the University Choir at Langston University, documented in The Langston Letter of November 18-25, 1971. An undergraduate project at Digital Scholarship @UNLV (University of Nevada, La Vegas) offers a cartoon and text from the 1860 issue of Harper Weekly titled “Uncle Sam’s Thanksgiving Dinner,” celebrating ethnic diversity and political equality in America.

Some IRs house actual services, such as the streaming audio recording of a thanksgiving service at Asbury Theological Seminary, or the Interfaith Baccalaureate Service of Thanksgiving video from Bryant University.

The University of Dayton published its community outreach efforts for the holiday in the press release “UD Community will Collect and Deliver 140 Thanksgiving Food Baskets to Families in Need.”

Enjoy this 1914 postcard offering Thanksgiving greetings from the Newport Postcard Collection at Salve Regina University and have a great holiday!