Deck the Halls: Female Abolitionist Societies and the Evolution of Christmas
Online Lecture via Zoom* December 9th at 7pm
The celebrations of Christmas as we know them today were actually just beginning in the mid-19th century. In this virtual lecture, Ken Turino of Historic New England narrates the history of female abolitionists in the United States and their contributions to the development of modern American Christmas traditions. These abolitionists, including Maria Chapman and Lydia Marie Child, hosted Christmas fairs to raise money for the abolitionist cause. Turino looks at the sewing circles assembled across the country as well as abroad that contributed a wide array of goods sold at these fundraisers for freedom. These fairs had a wide-ranging influence on a number of yuletide practices, including the adoption of greenery and the Christmas tree in America.
Ken Turino is a curator, educator, director, producer, and author. As manager of Community Partnerships and Resource Development at Historic New England, he oversees community engagement projects throughout the region and is responsible for the exhibitions at the Sarah Orne Jewett Museum and Visitor Center in South Berwick, Maine, and the Langdon House in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. His films have been shown on PBS, including the prize-winning “Back to School: Lessons from Norwich's (Vermont) One-Room Schoolhouses.”
About the Quilt Pictured:
This quilt, made by Lydia Marie Chapman, was among the items on sale at the Boston Female Anti-Slavery Society’s third annual Christmas fair in December 1836. A report on the fair in the January 2, 1837, issue of The Liberator, Boston's abolitionist newspaper, described it as “made of patchwork in small stars” and published a transcription of the poem in its center.
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The Jamaica Plain Tuesday Club is a community-based educational and social organization dedicated to improving the lives of our neighbors through historical, cultural and educational activities. The Club, founded in 1896, preserves the historic Loring-Greenough House (built in 1760) and its grounds for the people of Jamaica Plain. For more information please visit www.loring-greenough.org
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