FROM TOPEKA LIBRARY -- From sending holiday cards to hanging stockings on the mantle to the interpretation of Santa Claus as a “jolly old elf,” 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 very vintage holiday celebration from 2:00–3:00pm on Saturday, December 15 in the Topeka Room.
This family friendly event looks at the Christmas traditions of the Victorian-era, which provide many of our current Christmas traditions. The program will include Christmas caroling around the square grand piano, led by Special Collections librarian Charity Rouse, 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. You may even find yourself sharing your favorite holiday traditions with the group.
The Topeka Room contains many treasures relating to local history, including books about our community’s people, places, and events. During December, check out our special Christmas decorations and the “Winter Holiday Traditions” exhibit in the display cases on the second floor. Come upstairs and check us out in the Topeka room this Saturday!