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Thanksgiving through the years on Long Island

Give thanks with these photos from Newsday's archives of Thanksgiving traditions through the years.

The Foster family says grace at their Thanksgiving
Photo Credit: Newsday / Bob Luckey

The Foster family says grace at their Thanksgiving dinner table in Southampton on Nov. 22, 1973. Their ancestor Christopher Foster settled on Long Island in 1651.

Cooking author and teacher Libby Hillman displays arrangement
Photo Credit: Newsday/Joe Dombroski

Cooking author and teacher Libby Hillman displays arrangement of Thanksgiving meal in her New Hyde Park home in 1979.

Crowds walk through the mall looking for holiday
Photo Credit: Newsday / Bill Senft

Crowds walk through the mall looking for holiday bargains at Roosevelt Field Mall the day after Thanksgiving on Nov. 26, 1982.

The Grant family prepares to serve their Thanksgiving
Photo Credit: Newsday / Ari Mintz

The Grant family prepares to serve their Thanksgiving meal at their home in Hempstead on Nov. 24, 1984, despite being without heat or hot water due to a fire in the building that morning.

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Thanksgiving decorations adorn the yard and front door
Photo Credit: Newsday/Todd Duncan

Thanksgiving decorations adorn the yard and front door of the home of Robin and Michael Smiles on Park Ave. in Huntington in 1984.

Scarecrow and pumpkins decorate the front door of
Photo Credit: Newsday/Bill Senft

Scarecrow and pumpkins decorate the front door of Chris and Mary Beth Frey's home in Lloyd Harbor in 1984.

Jim Szypula, of Lynbrook, a Chaminade High School
Photo Credit: Newsday / Geroge Argeroplos

Jim Szypula, of Lynbrook, a Chaminade High School student, prepares boxes of food to be distributed on Nov. 20, 1984, to needy families at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in Wyandanch.

Zak Gordon, of Roslyn, checks a turkey cooked
Photo Credit: Newsday / K. Wiles Stabile

Zak Gordon, of Roslyn, checks a turkey cooked outside over a campfire on Nov. 18, 1989, for The Science Museum of Long Island's Colonial Thanksgiving dinner.

David Belis of East Meadow High School chats
Photo Credit: Newsday / David Pokress

David Belis of East Meadow High School chats with Viola Kaden, left, and Betty McCarthy after serving them a meal at a Thanksgiving dinner for senior citizens hosted by the East Meadow Kiwanis Club and East Meadow High School's Key Club on Nov. 18, 1990.

Juanita Oquendo and her friend Matilda Capoti enjoy
Photo Credit: Newsday / Thomas R Koeniges

Juanita Oquendo and her friend Matilda Capoti enjoy a turkey dinner at the Central Presbyterian Church in Huntington on Nov. 28, 1991.

In Old Brookville, Youngs Farm worker Noreen Bergesen
Photo Credit: Newsday / Cliff de Bear

In Old Brookville, Youngs Farm worker Noreen Bergesen carries a customer's Thanksgiving pies from a flatbed truck where they were being stored in November 1990.

Jim Cody, INN coordinator Mary Brennan and Diane
Photo Credit: Newsday / Julia Gaines

Jim Cody, INN coordinator Mary Brennan and Diane Otten, INN's soup kitchen director, organize food for a Thanksgiving meal at the Interfaith Nutritional Center in Hempstead on Nov. 27, 1991.

Jeff Liebowitz and Mary Lou Campanella attempt to
Photo Credit: Newsday / Daniel Goodrich

Jeff Liebowitz and Mary Lou Campanella attempt to salvage a turkey they had brought on the ferry to Ocean Beach on Fire Island for a Thanksgiving celebration in Seaview that had been partially eaten by a dog on board on Nov. 25, 1993.

Jim Specht of Patchogue, left, and the Rev.
Photo Credit: Newsday / John H. Cornell Jr.

Jim Specht of Patchogue, left, and the Rev. Jean Dix of East Moriches prepare turkeys to serve to migrant farm workers at Riverhead Middle School on Nov. 23, 1993.

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