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VIRTUAL LECTURE: Deck the Halls: Female Abolitionists and Christmas

December 19, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

with Kenneth C. Turino, Manager of Community Partnerships and Resource Development, Historic New England

$10 (Members 10% discount)

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New England’s female abolitionists in the first half of the 19th century played a large role in the development of modern American Christmas traditions. These abolitionists, led by Maria Chapman, hosted anti-slavery society Christmas Fairs—one of the earliest traditions associated with Christmas. It was at these fairs that most Americans in the first half of the 19th century encountered a Christmas tree.

These fairs had a wide-ranging influence on our current customs, including the use of greenery in decorating and gift giving in America. Women promoted abolitionism while creating goods for sale as well as organizing the fairs.

The Museum’s educational programming is supported by the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut; Connecticut Humanities; the Randolph and John Dirks Fund; the John and Kelly Hartman Foundation; the Sally Bill Children’s Education Fund; the Betty M. Challgren Education Fund; the Elizabeth Matthews Hubbard Education Fund; the Ingalls Foundation Education Fund; the Sali Godard Riege Educational Fund; and the Lelan F. Sillin, Jr. Education Endowment Fund.

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December 19, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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