This season, the annual Victorian Yuletide exhibition will celebrate a childrens Christmas. During the period commonly referred to as the Victorian Era, 1837-1901, Christmas developed from a quiet holiday to a major, family-centered celebration. At the heart of Christmas, then as now, are children.
Tour the Museums stunningly decorated period rooms and experience a fancy childrens Christmas partyfrom an afternoon meal of tasty goodies served in the dining room to the jovial games and activities, such as bobbing for apples and shadow puppets, in the parlor. A Christmas morning, with glittery gifts and Christmas treats, will be showcased in the library. A tabletop tree and an imported German putz, or farm scene, will be focal points of this festively decorated setting.
The period rooms will be filled with some of the finest porcelain and silver from the Museums holdings. The Museums toy collection will be showcased in the Terrace Gallery. Miniatures, dolls, doll furniture, and games once played with by Rachel and Maria Williams Proctor will delight the young and the young at heart.
American Christmas celebrations are drawn from many cultures. Each year the Museums Victorian Yuletide exhibition offers carefully researched representations of the origins of many of todays holiday customs. During this holiday season, enjoy the spirit of a Victorian Christmas with a visit to the Museums period rooms. The Victorian Yuletide exhibition will be on view through January 5.