Happy Thanksgiving 2014!

Before the famous headdress shot as President, Mr. Coolidge furnished the part of Indian at the "Wildwood" Pageant for Thanksgiving in 1911. Notice Grace and John, as Pilgrims, stand third and fourth from the right, opposite Cal. He apparently scared his mother-in-law with his appearance upon peering in the window of their Northampton home. Photo courtesy of James M. Parsons. Parson's book "Northampton," part of the Images of America series from Arcadia Publishing, 1996, p.79.

Before the famous headdress shot as President, Mr. Coolidge furnished the part of Indian at the “Wildwood” Pageant for Thanksgiving in the fall of 1911. Notice Grace and John, as Pilgrims, stand third and fourth from the right, opposite Cal. He quite thoroughly frightened his mother-in-law with his appearance upon returning to their Northampton home. Coolidge scholar Jim Cooke recounts, “Grace Coolidge’s mother was visiting when Cal came home in his costume. Lemira Goodhue was napping on the couch and had hooked the screen door. The apparition sought admittance. She looked up to see her son-in-law’s fierce visage and exclaimed, ‘No! No thank you. We don’t want any.’ Photo courtesy of James M. Parsons. Parson’s book Northampton, in which this photo is featured on page 79, is part of the Images of America series from Arcadia Publishing, 1996.

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