How was Thanksgiving celebrated in 19th-century St. Louis?

“Thanksgiving has been celebrated in St. Louis since the 19th century, but the holiday didn’t become popular until the decades after the Civil War. Originally, it was very much a religious affair, as well, and residents streamed into churches before the meal on Thursday. President Ulysses S. Grant had originally signed into law the Holidays Act on June 28, 1870, creating Thanksgiving, and the day increased in popularity in the decades afterward. Newspapers from the 19th century give us a window into how the people of St. Louis observed the holiday.

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