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A Mayflower descendant talks about the very first Thanksgiving

Mayflower II
The Mayflower II at sail

In this edition of In The Author's Voice, we talk with a descent of the Mayflower on this Thanksgiving Day about the history of the very first Thanksgiving. Roughly 400 years ago English settlers made a peace settlement with the Native Americans that gave birth to the Thanksgiving Holiday we celebrate today.

WSIU's Jeff Williams recently talked with Paula Fisher, a Mayflower descendant about the arrival of the Mayflower in 1620 and the history of the first Thanksgiving.

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Jeff Williams is the Associate Director for Radio and Station Manager for WSIU Radio. Jeff is a native of southern Illinois and has been in broadcasting for 30 years. After graduating with a degree in Radio-Television from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, he worked in radio and television news in Illinois, Indiana, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. before returning to WSIU Radio in 1997, as Morning Edition anchor/reporter. Jeff served as News Director from 2001 to 2015. He assumed Station Manager duties in 2004. WSIU is operated by Southern Illinois University Carbondale. It signed on the air in September 1958.