295 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06850. Phone: 203-838-9799 ext. 4.
As part of the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum's 2012 Holiday Season,Kathy Maher, Executive Director and Curator of the Barnum Museum, will present a lecture, The Evolution of Christmas, on Wednesday, December 12, at 11 a.m. at the Mansion, 295 West Ave., Norwalk CT. Ms. Maher will explain and show how the ideal of Christmas became woven into American tradition based on an evolution of the tales and traditions during the Victorian era. Ms. Maher will chronicle the development from the 19th Century holiday season through the present day. Patrons will learn how the Christmas tree and other traditions such as family meals and decor became important parts for our 20th and now 21st Century family festivities. From sugared fruits and homemade ornaments, to glass decorations and the earliest electric tree lights, the presentation will be a wonderful journey into holidays past. Reservations are requested by Dec. 7. Admission is $30 for non-members; $25 members. The admission includes the lecture, a light lunch, and a tour of the first floor of the Mansion. Lunch will be courtesy of Michael Gilmartin of Outdoor Cookers.For lecture information and reservations, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-838-9799 ext. 4.