Working on a new cover for THE STORY OF THE
PILGRIMS, by Katharine Ross that I illustrated for
Random House a while back.
Remembering all the research and the help of the
good folks at the Plimouth Plantation.
Learned the Pilgrims dressed like other 17th century
Europeans not in "typical" Pilgrim costumes from my
childhood books. Invented by 19th century Victorian
The Pilgrims did not call themselves Pilgrims.
There are only 2 documents recounting the harvest feast
we know as the first Thanksgiving. One, a contemporary
letter by Edward Winslow, and the other by William
Bradford, written 20 or so years after the event.
No pumpkin pie nor popcorn at that feast.
Every detail in my illustrations was examined and
approved by the experts at the Plimouth Plantation.
I'd love to go there sometime and talk with the historic
interpreters. My idea of a good time.