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Museum offers January 10 lecture on 1930s Christmas

The Lancaster Historical Society-Mary Ball Washington Museum & Library will hold a lecture on Wednesday, January 10, at 10 a.m. in conjunction with the final week of its seasonal exhibit, “1930s Christmas: Holiday Cheer in Spite of Hard Times.”

Executive director Karen Hart said, “This is a second chance for the public to hear this talk and see the exhibit if they missed it before Christmas. Shaune Lee, who served as the lead volunteer researcher, will give a slide presentation about Christmas celebrations in Lancaster during the Great Depression. Drawing largely on local newspaper articles and advertisements from the period, she will discuss popular gifts, decorations, community activities, charitable programs, and other trends and traditions of the holidays in the Northern Neck in the 1930s.”

The program will be held in the Woman’s Club building located next door to the Museum at 8346 Mary Ball Road. According to Hart, the talk will last about 45 minutes and afterwards guests are invited to take a self-guided tour of the exhibit in Lancaster House. A $5 donation is requested for admission to the lecture and tour. Reservations are suggested to 804-462-7280 or to help with a seating count. The exhibit is also open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday through January 12. 

posted 01.03.2018

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