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Calendar from December 19 to December 22:


THIS WEEK

Now through December 20 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina:

2014 Christmas by Candlelight Tours—Visit two of Old Salem’s historic buildings to take part in an interactive evening experience learning about Christmases past. Pre-registration is required. For more information: Old Salem Museums & Gardens, (800) 441-5305.

Now through December 23 in Dearborn, Michigan:

Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village—Tour the village in the glow from candlelit windows, hear carolers, enjoy a sleigh ride and more. For more information: The Henry Ford (and Greenfield Village), (800) 835-5237.

Now through December 20 in Newport, Rhode Island:

Holiday Histories Tour—Hear the history of early American holiday traditions on an evening walk and learn how Newporters recognized the holiday. Reservations required. For more information: The Newport Historical Society, (401) 841-8770.

December 19 to December 21 in Sturbridge, Massachusetts:

Christmas by Candlelight—Event includes sleigh rides, demonstrations of period gingerbread baking and cider mulling, carolers, entertainment and more. For more information: Old Sturbridge Village, (508) 347-0285.

December 19 to December 21 in Mumford, New York:

Yuletide in the Country—Tour guides lead guests through the snow-covered streets in the year 1849 when New York declared Christmas, Independence Day and New Years Day state holidays. Enjoy music, dancing and tree lighting as you visit village homes and businesses to see how residents react to the news of Christmas as a holiday. For more information: Genesee Country Village & Museum, (585) 538-6822.

December 19 to December 20 in Plymouth, Massachusetts:

Christmas at Plimoth Grist Mill—An evening of festive holiday storytelling for children and the young at heart as a narrator leads you through the Grist Mill doors and the enchanted Christmas story comes to life. For more information: Plimoth Plantation, (508) 746-1622.

December 20 in Vails Gate, New York:

Christmas with the Ellisons—A candlelight tour of the elegant 1754 Ellison mansion ornamented with costumed staff and 18th century holiday decorations. For more information: Knox’s Headquarters State Historic Site, (845) 561-5498.

December 20 to December 21 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire:

35rd Annual Candlelight Stroll—Event features demonstrations of cooking, historic crafts and music. For more information: Strawbery Banke Museum, (603) 433-1100.

December 20 in Forest, Virginia:

Candlelight Tour—Tours offer a rare glimpse inside the octagonal walls of the plantation house after dark, and into the ways in which Jefferson and his family passed the time after the sun set. Reservations are required. For more information: Poplar Forest, (434) 534-8120.

December 20 in New Bern, North Carolina:

Eve of Revolution—Event features 300 years of Christmases past as families and soldiers come together on the eve of war. Dance the night away with characters in costumes, tour through historic homes adorned with 18th-, 19th, and 20th-century decorations, and be entertained with fire eating, magic, slack-rope walking and music. For more information: Tryon Palace, (252) 639-3500.

December 20 in Newport, Rhode Island:

Discover Colonial Newport in Winter—On this walking tour, hear stories of religious diversity and entrepreneurship and learn how colonial Newporters made their way through the winter. For more information: The Newport Historical Society, (401) 841-8770.

December 21 in Chicago, Illinois:

Julmiddag — Traditional Swedish Christmas Family Dinner—Event includes a festive and traditional Swedish Christmas Smörgåsbord, Tomten (Santa) will be on hand to give julklappar (presents) to all the children, a Lucia procession and dancing around the Christmas tree. Prepaid reservations required. For more information: Swedish American Museum, (773) 728-8111.

December 25 in Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania:

Christmas Day Crossing Reenactment—Event features several hundred reenactors in Continental military dress reenacting George Washington’s daring Christmas Day river crossing. For more information: Washington Crossing Historic Park, (215) 493-4076.

December 26 to December 29 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania:

Yuletide at Rock Ford Plantation—Step back in time for an 18th Century Yuletide celebration...when Christmas Day was only the beginning of the season! The mansion will be decked in greenery and traditional music will fill the hallways. Open hearth cooking in the kitchen. For more information: Rock Ford Plantation, (717) 392-7223.

December 26 to December 28 in Vails Gate, New York:

Open House at Knox’s Headquarters—Tour the elegant 1754 historic house decorated for the holiday season in 18th century fashion. For more information: Knox’s Headquarters State Historic Site, (845) 561-5498.

December 26 to December 27 in Dearborn, Michigan:

Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village—Tour the village in the glow from candlelit windows, hear carolers, enjoy a sleigh ride and more. For more information: The Henry Ford (and Greenfield Village), (800) 835-5237.

December 26 to December 27 in Newport, Rhode Island:

Holiday Histories Tour—Hear the history of early American holiday traditions on an evening walk and learn how Newporters recognized the holiday. Reservations required. For more information: The Newport Historical Society, (401) 841-8770.

December 26 in Newport, Rhode Island:

Rogues & Scoundrels Tour—See where scoundrels lived, pirates profited and criminals were punished. Discover why this colony was known as "Rogue’s Island." For more information: The Newport Historical Society, (401) 841-8770.

ON-GOING EXHIBITIONS

Now through December 31 in Various, Massachusetts:

Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture—Unites eleven institutions in an unprecedented partnership to celebrate furniture-making in the Bay State. A multitude of exhibitions and events organized by partnering institutions: the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, Concord Museum, Fuller Craft Museum, Historic Deerfield, Historic New England, Massachusetts Historical Society, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, North Bennet Street School, Old Sturbridge Village, Peabody Essex Museum, and Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library. See the website for a complete calendar of project activities as well as detailed information on Massachusetts furniture from the 1620s to the present. For more information: Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture

Now through December 31, 2015 in Marietta, Ohio:

Imagining Marietta-The Northwest Territory Murals—The exhibit houses 12 murals depicting the first settlement of the Northwest Territory, each painted by William Mark Young. Also, on display are rare and seldom seen artifacts ranging from Rufus Putnam’s banjo clock, hand-written letters, historic newspapers, & photos of early Marietta. For more information: Campus Martius Museum, (800) 860-0145.

Now through December 31, 2015 in Williamsburg, Virginia:

A Rich and Varied Culture: The Material World of the Early South—This new exhibition celebrates the remarkable objects that were created in or imported to the Chesapeake, the Carolina low country, and southern backcountry. The exhibition will highlight the aesthetic diversity brought to the region by the varied cultures and ethnic groups that ultimately defined a unique, early southern style. For more information: Colonial Williamsburg, 1800hist or y.

Now through January 10, 2016 in Mount Vernon, Virginia:

Gardens & Groves—This special exhibition explores George Washington’s creation of a picture-perfect setting. Discover the ideas that shaped his vision and inspired the landscape at Mount Vernon. For more information: Mount Vernon, (703) 780-2000.

Now through February 15, 2015 in Deerfield, Massachusetts:

Deerfield: A Community of Craftwork in the Early 20th Century—In the early 20th century the village of Deerfield supported a thriving Arts and Crafts community of metalsmiths, potters, furniture makers, photographers, embroiderers, and basket makers. The exhibition will feature more than 25 objects from Historic Deerfield’s collections and will include objects made by Madeline Yale Wynne, Cornelius Kelley, the Deerfield Society of Blue and White Needlework, and the Pocumtuck Basket Makers. For more information: Historic Deerfield, (413) 774-5581.

Now through December 31, 2015 in Williamsburg, Virginia:

China of the Most Fashionable Sort: Chinese Export Porcelain in Colonial America—Chinese export porcelain played an important role in the lives of colonists. It was the most desirable of the ceramic bodies, and possessing it indicated wealth and status. This exhibit will illustrate the wide variety of Chinese porcelain that was available in colonial America with a particular focus on pieces with histories in Virginia. Objects recovered from archaeological excavations will also be featured. For more information: Colonial Williamsburg, 1800hist or y.

Now through May 31, 2015 in Salem, Massachusetts:

Raven’s Many Gifts: Native Art of the Northwest Coast—Explore the relationships among living humans, animals, ancestors and supernatural beings through works of Native art from the Pacific Northwest Coast created during the past 200 years. Ceremonial regalia, trade goods and art sold in galleries today reveal creative expressions of family, heritage, politics and commerce in a changing world. For more information: Peabody Essex Museum, (978) 745-9500.

Now through December 28 in Newport, Rhode Island:

Newport Historical Society Historic Site Tours—Tour one of the Newport Historical Society’s historic sites, the 1739 Colony House, 1699 Great Friends Meeting House, or the 1697 house museum. For more information: Newport Historical Society, (401) 841-8770.

Now through December 29 in Deerfield, Massachusetts:

Furniture Masterworks: Tradition and Innovation in Western MassachusettsFurniture Masterworks: Tradition and Innovation in Western Massachusetts explores Western Massachusetts’s first 150 years of furniture-making with 58 objects drawn from Historic Deerfield’s collections that best exemplify the region’s signature contribution to American design history and emergence of national identity. The exhibition is a part of Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture, collaborative project of Historic Deerfield and ten other institutions that features exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations and publications to celebrate the Bay State’s legacy of furniture-making. Visit fourcenturies.org. For more information: Historic Deerfield, (413) 775-7214.

Now through December 31 in New Paltz, New York:

Historic Huguenot Street—Tour the stone houses of one of the oldest residential streets in America, here in the beautiful Hudson Valley. Each home is open with a different interpretation. Exhibits with collection pieces are highlighted as well. Open 7 days a week. Please check website for tour times & prices. For more information: Historic Huguenot Street, (845) 255-1660.

Now through January 4, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina:

Unfurled: Flags from the Collections of the Charleston Museum—On display in its Historic Textiles Gallery, the flag collection spans from the early 19th century to the late 20th century, with examples covering a range of functions and styles. Many flags are exhibited for the first time. For more information: Charleston Museum, (843) 722-2996.

Now through March 29, 2015 in Winchester, Virginia:

Safes of the Valley—The exhibition will feature more than forty food safes, many on first-time public display. For more information: Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, (540) 662-1473.

Now through February 8, 2015 in New York, New York:

Making American Taste: Narrative Art for a New Democracy—Exhibit provides a new perspective on American art by approaching narrative subject matter through the lens of taste as it was defined roughly from 1825 to 1870, when the place of the arts in a democracy was hotly debated in the United States. By integrating history, literary, and religious subjects with now better-known examples of rural and domestic genre, this ground-breaking exhibition introduces to modern audiences the broad range of styles and narrative themes through which nineteenth-century American viewers were expected to attain cultural refinement.  For more information: New York Historical Society, (212) 873-3400.

Now through January 18, 2015 in Sturbridge, Massachusetts:

Bucket Town-Four Centuries of Toy-Making and Coopering—The exhibit will explore the rich traditions of coopering and toy-making in Hingham, Massachusetts, a coastal town located in Boston’s South Shore. For more information: Old Sturbridge Village, (800) 733-1830.

Now through July 27, 2017 in Whippany, New Jersey:

The Birchwood Manor Antiques Show—More than 150 exhibit booths selling American, European And Asian furniture, silver, paintings, clocks, jewelry, samplers and more. For more information: JMK Shows, (973) 927-2794.

Now through July 5, 2015 in Winterthur, Delaware:

The Diligent Needle: Instrument of Profit, Pleasure, and Ornament—The exhibition showcases the evolution of needlework and the prominent role it played in womens lives during the 17th through 19th centuries. For more information: Winterthur Museum, (800) 448-3883.

Now through December 31 in New York, New York:

In Miniature—The exhibition comprises two groups of portrait miniatures- British, from the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, and French, from the revolutionary period to the Empire. Also included are several eighteenth-century French gold boxes decorated with narratives or scenes in grisaille. For more information: Metropolitan Museum of Art, (212) 535-7710.

Now through September 8, 2015 in Williamsburg, Virginia:

Working and Racing on the Bay: The Chesapeake Log Canoe—Objects from The Mariners Museum are featured in this special exhibition tracing the evolution of the dugout canoe through the centuries, from the watercraft of the Powhatan people 400 years ago to multi-log trade vessels and work and racing boats. For more information: Jamestown Settlement, (888) 593-4682.

Now through January 4, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland:

Finery & Finish: Embellishments on Baltimore Federal Furniture—Exhibit brings together an exceptional group of tables, sideboards, desks, chairs, and other furniture pieces drawn mostly from private collections and highlights the original designs and decorative forms of Baltimore craftsmen. For more information: Homewood House Museum

Now through December 31, 2015 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina:

North Carolina Moravian Landscapes, 1790-1890—Artist depictions of the physical landscape reflecting the cultural and economic developments of the area with a variety of detailed maps, surveys, drawings, and paintings. In the J. Blum House. For more information: Old Salem Museums & Gardens., (336) 721-7360.

Now through January 18, 2015 in Ft Worth, Texas:

Navigating the West: George Caleb Bingham and the River—The exhibition features 17 iconic river paintings and nearly 40 drawings, reveals for the first time how George Caleb Bingham (1811—1879) created his art and artistic persona at a time when American painting, like the country, was dramatically shifting. For more information: Amon Carter Museum of American Art, (817) 989-5065.

Now through January 4, 2015 in Portland, Maine:

Treasures of British Art 1400-2000-The Berger Collection—The exhibition features 50 masterpieces from the most significant private collection of British art in the United States. For more information: The Portland Museum of Art, (207) 775-6148.

Now through March 29, 2015 in Princeton, New Jersey:

Hail Specimen of Female Art! New Jersey Schoolgirl Needlework, 1726-1860—The exhibition is the first to focus on the contribution of New Jersey in the creation of schoolgirl needlework in the 18th and 19th Centuries. The goal is to survey schoolgirl needlework completed in the state or by New Jersey girls prior to 1860 to create a lasting record of the best-known examples, of which 150-plus are displayed. On October 5, the Princeton Theological Seminary hosts a panel to discuss the significance of schoolgirl needlework. Speakers include Linda Eaton, senior curator at Winterthur Museum, and needlework scholars Dan and Marty Campanelli. For more information: Morven Museum & Garden, (609) 924-8144.

Now through January 5, 2015 in Orlando, Florida:

George Catlin’s American Buffalo—The exhibit explores the representation of buffalo and their integration into the lives of Native Americans through 40 original paintings by the artist George Catlin (1796-1872). Organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum in collaboration with the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyo For more information: Mennello Museum of American Art, (407) 246-4278.

Now through March 22, 2015 in Concord, Massachusetts:

Behind Closed Doors: Asleep in New England—Exhibit uncovers the complex role sleep has played in everyday life throughout American history through objects as varied as bedsteads and coverlets, nightclothes and cradles, tin tubs and mahogany high chests. For more information: Concord Museum, (978) 369-9763.

Now through May 31, 2016 in Williamsburg, Virginia:

A Celebration of American Quilts—Exhibit features twelve quilts that represent the diversity of quilts made in American from the 18th through 20th centuries. In the McCarl Gallery. For more information: Colonial Williamsburg, 800-hist or y.

Now through April 19, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri:

The Louisiana Purchase: Making St. Louis, Remaking America—The exhibition explores the complex negotiations related to The Louisiana Purchase and its aftereffect on St. Louis. A highlight of the exhibition is the Treaty of Cession (in French), better known as The Louisiana Purchase Treaty. For more information: Missouri History Museum, (314) 746-4599.

Now through February 16, 2015 in Salem, Massachusetts:

In Plain Sight: Discovering the Furniture of Nathaniel Gould—Exhibit features 20 exemplary works of Gould’s furniture alongside paintings, archival materials, decorative arts and digital media elements that provide insight into the makers and consumers of 18th-century American design and culture. In the Special Exhibition Galleries. For more information: Peabody Essex Museum, (978) 745-9500.

Now through February 22, 2015 in New York, New York:

Holiday Express Exhibition—The exhibition dating from approximately 1850 to 1940, contains a comprehensive representation of the work of every major toy manufacturer that set the standard for the Golden Age of European toy manufacturing. Location: New-York Historical Society.

Now through January 4, 2015 in Youngstown, Ohio:

Memories of Christmas Past—Features seven period rooms filled with rare, one-of-a-kind, vintage decorations that include ornaments, lighting, trees, toys and trains. The display features many pieces from the Historical Society’s collection as well as items on loan from private collectors. For more information: Mahoning valley Historical Society/the Arms Family Musuem, (330) 743-2589.

Now through April 12, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland:

From Pen to Press: Experimentation and Innovation in the Age of Print—The exhibition explores when printing was a new, experimental medium, beginning with the publication of Gutenbergs Bible in 1455,. For more information: The Walters Art Museum, (410) 547-9000.

Now through December 24 in Reading, Pennsylvania:

Handmade Holidays 5—Arts Gallery and Studio will feature hand made items including fiber, metal, wood, ceramics and glass, etc. For more information: Some Things Looming Fiber Arts Gallery, (610) 373-7337.

Now through January 11, 2015 in Pottstown, Pennsylvania:

Twelfth Night Historic House Tours—Event features a guided tour of Pottsgrove Manor, decorated with greens and holly for the Yuletide season. Learn about traditional English celebrations of Twelfth Night and how they differed from our modern Christmas celebrations. For more information: Pottsgrove Manor, (610) 326-4014.

Now through January 4, 2015 in Williamsburg, Virginia:

A Colonial Christmas—Holiday traditions of 17th- and 18th-century Virginia are recalled through special interpretive programs and, from December 26 through 31, musical entertainment of the period. For more information: Jamestown Settlement & Yorktown Victory Center, (888) 593-4682.

Now through December 31 in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri:

Vieux Noel in Lights—Stoll along with members of the colonial community to the crèche hidden in the boxwood grove—enter through the Linden House Gate. For more information: Bolduc House Museum, (573) 883-3105.

Now through January 1, 2015 in Charles City, Virginia:

Centuries of Christmas Berkeley Plantation—Tour the 1726 mansion decorated with fresh greenery and costumed guides sharing stories of Christmas at Berkeley Plantation over the centuries. For more information: Berkeley Plantation, (888) 466-6018.

Now through December 21 in Morristown, New Jersey:

Another Stocking To Fill: Antique Christmas Toys and Decorations—The exhibit features toys and ornaments from a century ago. For more information: Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, 973538240415.

Now through December 30 in Middletown, Virginia:

"Christmas in the Valley" Candlelight and Daytime Holiday Tours—Tour the historic Parlor, listen to live holiday music and see the Christmas tree beautifully decorated along with themed decorations by regional garden clubs. For more information: Belle Grove Plantation, (540) 869-2028.

Now through March 8, 2015 in New York, New York:

A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America—Exhibition features more than 60 works of American folk art made in rural areas of New England, the Midwest, and the South between 1800 and 1925. For more information: American Folk Art Museum, (212) 595-9533.

LATER THIS MONTH

s December 27 in Newport, Rhode Island: Discover Colonial Newport in Winter

s December 29 in Newport, Rhode Island: Rogues & Scoundrels Tour

s December 31 in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri: La Guignole Watch Party

s December 31 to January 1, 2015 in Sturbridge, Massachusetts: Sturbridge Antique Show

s January 3, 2015 in Sturbridge, Massachusetts: Dinner in a Country Village

s January 3, 2015 to January 4, 2015 in Bushnell, Florida: Dades Battle

s January 3, 2015 to January 4, 2015 in Venice, Florida: The Venice Florida Antiques Show

s January 3, 2015 to January 4, 2015 in Whippany, New Jersey: The New Years Antiques Show

s January 6, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana: General Pakenham’s Final Supper

s January 7, 2015 in Violet, Louisiana: Bicentennial of Battle of New Orleans

s January 8, 2015 in Newport, Rhode Island: Occupied Newport: Tales from a Revolutionary City under British Rule

s January 9, 2015 to January 11, 2015 in St. Petersburg, Florida: Sunshine City Antiques & Collectibles Show

s January 9, 2015 to January 11, 2015 in Washington, District of Columbia: Washington Winter Show

s January 10, 2015 in Rensselaer, New York: Twelfth Night

s January 10, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana: Le Grand Bal 1815

s January 10, 2015 to January 11, 2015 in Fishers, Indiana: Hearthside Suppers

s January 10, 2015 in Sturbridge, Massachusetts: Dinner in a Country Village

s January 10, 2015 in De Leon Springs, Florida: Day in Florida History

s January 11, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana: Andrew Jackson’s Victory Dinner and Dance

s January 11, 2015 in White Springs, Florida: National Stephen Foster Day

s January 14, 2015 to January 18, 2015 in Los Angeles, California: LA Art Show

s January 14, 2015 to January 18, 2015 in Los Angeles, California: Los Angeles Jewelry, Antique & Design Show

s January 16, 2015 to January 18, 2015 in Fishers, Indiana: Hearthside Suppers

EXHIBITIONS OPENING THIS MONTH

s January 10, 2015 to April 5, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Represent: 200 Years of African American Art