“Every December millions of Americans traipse to the mall or to the movies,” said Lee Wright, founder of The History List. “But when we conducted research with families this fall about their plans for the holidays, we learned that nearly half would be interested in finding out more about holiday events at historic sites if they only knew about them.”
Voila! A national list of holiday celebrations with a historic theme was created.
The History List was created to help historic sites, historical societies, preservation organizations, history museums, house museums, living history sites, re-enactor groups, and other history organizations get the word out about their history-related exhibits and events.
“Make this holiday historic!”
From the original data, a separate list of Holiday events was compiled with the theme “Make this holiday historic!” It is designed to raise awareness of the many unique holiday events held at historic sites during a time when families are looking for memorable ways to celebrate.
From lantern-lit strolls to a tour of an aluminum Christmas tree museum, there are many historic holiday events for the whole family to enjoy:
- Learn the history of winter holiday traditions on a lantern-lit stroll through Newport, Rhode Island’s streets with the Newport Historical Society and hear how people did--or didn’t--celebrate the holidays.
- Harriet Stowe & Mark Twain's Olde Fashioned Christmas, with tours and horse-drawn carriage rides, in Hartford, Connecticut at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center.
- A holiday lantern tour at Hale Farm & Village where you’ll be transported back to Christmas Eve, 1863, the third year of the American Civil War. From the Western Reserve Historical Society in Bath, Ohio.
- Visit beautifully-restored historic 19th Century homes decked out for the holidays on the 22nd Annual Holiday House Tour with the New Bedford Preservation Society in New Bedford, Massachusetts.
- The Deadwood Cowboy Christmas Ball in Deadwood, South Dakota, an old-fashioned cowboy dance with some of the Black Hills' best performers playing holiday favorites.
- See people and events from Houston's past come alive at The Heritage Society's 51st Annual Candlelight Tour in Houston, Texas.
- Capture the holiday spirit with hearth cooks, guides and educators in a month-long series of traditional festive activities at Historic Deerfield in Massachusetts.
- Aluminum Christmas trees became popular in the 1960s, and a Wisconsin business, The Aluminum Specialty Company, became the largest manufacturer of these trees. On display at the Wisconsin Historical Museum in Madison.
- Escape the frenzy of a modern Christmas with gingerbread, roasted chestnuts, music, dance, and a sleigh ride, and meet Father Christmas and Santa Claus at Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts.
These and many more stimulating, insightful and educational events are being held this season all across the country. Wherever you are (or plan to be) this Holiday Season, the History List of events will help you find an activity the whole family can enjoy.
If you are an organization holding a historic Holiday event, you can download free promotional materials along with a copy of the consumer research report and add your event at no cost.