Backwards Glance: 1947 BHS Panther Newsletter Reminds Us Of The True Meaning Of Thanksgiving

Photos courtesy Benicia Historical Museum

Don’t you love the expression on this Pilgrim Panther’s face as he prowls through the halls of the Benicia High School on the newsletter’s cover of 1947? Drawn by “Gena” (additional information is MIA), this clever seasonal caricature of the team’s mascot provides the perfect introduction to the school‘s student publication. The entirety of the newsletter itself provides fascinating reading, but I was particularly struck by Anne Scott McKeown’s editorial, which needs no additional comment from me, except that this (then) nine-year-old’s maturity, writing ability, and message are to be savored, no pun intended, this Thanksgiving holiday as a charming and important reminder to think back on the first Thanksgiving. I will be reading this out loud at our own family celebration.  Anne lived in Benicia on West K Street, later marrying Richard James Austin with whom she had a daughter, Sarah.  We have discovered that Anne was a student at UC Berkeley in 1949, but not much else … thank you, Anne, wherever you are, for an editorial that is as pertinent today as it was back then.  

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