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State Library Releases Old Thanksgiving Message

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The public can now watch a video of the late Gov. Wilbur Cross reading his 1938 Thanksgiving Proclamation, marking the first time that a Connecticut governor appeared in a sound film.

The Connecticut State Library has posted the historic film on the library’s online You Tube channel.

Library officials also posted digital images of all eight of Cross’s official Thanksgiving Proclamations to the library’s Flickr collection. Cross was a former English professor and Dean of Graduate Studies at Yale University. He was first elected governor in 1931 and served four terms.

The tradition of a gubernatorial proclamation continues today. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has issued Thanksgiving messages. Last year, he referred to Superstorm Sandy, remarking how the people of Connecticut responded “with a determination that would make our forefathers proud.”

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