A Victorian Christmas Celebration

What are your favorite Christmas traditions?  How long have they been traditions for your family or in the American culture?  We owe a lot of our Christmas traditions to the people of the Victorian Era (1837-1901).  Come find out which traditions the Victorians either popularized or created in a special Topeka Room celebration from 2:00-3:00pm on Saturday, December 15.

This family friendly event looks at the Christmas traditions of the Victorian era which provide many of our current Christmas traditions.  Presented by Special Collections librarian Charity Rouse, the program will include Christmas caroling around the square grand piano, a reading of “A Visit From Saint Nicholas” by Clement Moore, a display of Victorian Christmas ornaments and a brief discussion of other Victorian Christmas traditions.

The Topeka Room, part of our Special Collections Area, contains many treasures relating to local history.  We have books about Topeka and Shawnee County people, places, and events.  We also have furniture, art and collectables relating to this area.  During December, check out our special Christmas decorations and the “Winter Holiday Traditions” exhibit in the display cases on the balcony over the rotunda.  Come upstairs and check us out.  For more information please call the Topeka Room at 785-580-4510.

Charity Rouse

Charity is a Public Service Specialist working with genealogy and local history reference in the Topeka Room/Genealogy. Her start at TSCPL came as a genealogy researcher soon after the Baker Genealogy Center opened in November 2007. In early 2009, she became a Genealogy volunteer and in May 2010 she came to work at TSCPL. She earned her Master of Library Science degree from Emporia State University in December 2011. One of her favorite times of year is when the Topeka Room is decked out for the holidays.

2 thoughts on “A Victorian Christmas Celebration

  1. Hope you can come! It’s going to be fun. I always like singing carols around the piano. We’ll have lots of other treats as well.

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