For Mayflower descendants, Thanksgiving carries special meaning

FAMILY TREE—Lorraine Kocen of the local society shares a poster depicting Mayflower passengers. RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn NewspapersWhen Lorraine Kocen’s Pilgrim ancestors celebrated “the first Thanksgiving” in 1621 after surviving the Mayflower’s voyage to North America and the brutal first year as settlers, they commemorated the fall harvest with a feast of venison, fish and a variety of fruits and vegetables.
When Kocen arrived at her family Thanksgiving celebration this year, the Thousand Oaks r...

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