Local History Program: Dashing Through the Snow, the real history of Christmas in New England
The reality of Christmas in early New England may be disappointing to some and unbelievable to many, but the historical actuality of the celebration of Christmas – or lack thereof – is an interesting tale and one that blends the heritage and spirit of many cultures and many lands.
Presenter bio: Dennis D. Picard has been a museum professional in the living history field for forty years. He began his career at Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, MA, where he filled various positions including lead interpreter, researching and designing many public programs which are still offered by that institution today. He also served on the staff of Hancock Shaker Village as a historic trade craftsman and site interpreter, and has held the position of Assistant Director and Director at several sites including Fort Number Four (Charlestown New Hampshire), the Sheffield Historical Society and Storrowton Village Museum (West Springfield MA). He is also on the Board of Directors of the Pioneer Valley History Network and a member of the editorial board of the “Country School Journal.” and an adjunct professor at Westfield State University.
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