The “Yuletide at the White House” special exhibit runs through Saturday, December 31, 2016, at the Plymouth Historical Museum. This holiday display is inspired by the traditions of the past presidents, the first ladies and their families.
“After the success of the ‘First Ladies—Fashion Setters’ exhibit, it seemed only natural to turn the focus toward the White House holiday traditions,” said Executive Director Elizabeth Kerstens.
The First Families have so many fascinating stories to share.
Did you know that Abraham Lincoln would go out shopping on Christmas Eve each year to buy toy soldiers for his son? Or that Calvin Coolidge held the first National Tree Lighting Ceremony in 1923?
Vignettes throughout the museum highlight the different personalities of the presidents. Discover the early celebrations of George Washington’s time, when it wasn’t all about kids and presents—Christmas was for adults—with merry-making, hunting and games. Experience classic scenes like Franklin Delano Roosevelt reading Charles Dickens to his family by the fire.
Enjoy displays of antique wintry gear for sledding, skating, skiing and snowshoeing. Peruse old holiday recipes and the Christmas cards associated with the warmest and happiest time of the year.
There is truly something for everyone—and with two “free” days to choose from, there’s no reason to miss out.
“We make a special effort each year to add some free admission events to our calendar so that everyone has a chance to visit,” Kerstens said. “Come and delight in the festive holiday atmosphere and be sure to come back for our special holiday events!”