Sarah Josepha Hale, a Newport, NH native, tells the story of her 30 year effort to have Thanksgiving declared a national holiday. President Abraham Lincoln enters at the end of her tale to read his 1863 Thanksgiving proclamation. Sharon Wood portrays Hale and Steve Wood portrays Lincoln in a living history presentation following background about their characters and the times.

Steve Wood, a graduate of the University of Maine, School of Forestry, worked for nearly thirty years with the UNH Cooperative Extension as an Extension Educator in Forest Resources, retiring at the end of 2003. He has been researching and presenting Living History programs as Abraham Lincoln since 1995. Steve is a member of the Association of Lincoln Presenters, the League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling, and the NH Storytelling Alliance.

Sharon Wood is a graduate of Southern Connecticut State College with a BS in Elementary Education. Her career path led from teaching to working as a public and school librarian, while developing skills as a writer, storyteller and Chautauquan. She is a member of the New Hampshire Storytelling Alliance, the League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling and, with her husband Steve, the Association of Lincoln Presenters.