It’s traditional for Governors to deliver Thanksgiving Proclamations every year. They usually include something about being thankful and a recap of the year. This year, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy’s message says, in part, “From a once-in-a-lifetime economic downturn, to dangerous storms, to unthinkable tragedy, we have faced challenges that no one would ever have asked for. Yet, in those darkest moments of need, I have been thankful for the tremendous grace and compassion we have shown to one another.”
This week, the earliest film of a Connecticut governor reading a Thanksgiving Proclamation was made public by the Connecticut State Library. It’s from 1938. Governor Wilbur Cross, with white hair and mustache, wearing a 3 piece suit, sits at a desk in front of his cabinet and reads from a piece of paper. And you can hear, in his careful wording, that before Cross was elected to four terms as a governor, he was a professor of English.
Click here to see and hear former Governor Wilbur Cross's 1938 Thanksgiving Proclamation.