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Calendar from November 30 to December 7:

This listing was prepared well in advance of the events below. Many of the events have since been postponed or cancelled as a precaution to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, now a pandemic. If you must (or choose) to attend any of the events listed below, we suggest you call and verify that it will be taking place as planned.


December 4 to December 5 in Richmond, Kentucky:

18th Century Christmas at the Fort—Event focuses on the differences in the holiday celebrations of the season during the early settlement of Kentucky. The fort is lighted by candlelight, decorated in keeping with the traditions of the time and includes living history interpretations of the traditions of various ethnic groups and nationalities during the season. For more information: Fort Boonesborough State Park, (859) 527-3131.

December 4 to December 6 in Chestertown, Maryland:

Dickens of a Christmas—Dickens themed holiday festival throughout the Historic District includes carriage rides, special entertainment and more. For more information: Historic Chestertown, (410) 849-9862.

December 5 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:

Deck the Alley—Visitors enter the private historic homes decorated for the season, hear the sounds of colonial carolers, watch traditional loom weaving and more. For more information: Elfreths Alley

December 5 in Lewes, Delaware:

A Christmas Tour of Lewes—Event features historic Lewes homeowners opening their doors to the community and the Historical Society properties decorated for the season and includes a Holiday Village with a greens sale at the Historical Society’s main campus. For more information: The Lewes Historical Society, (302) 645-7670.

December 5 in Various, Missouri:

A Spirited Holiday Past—More than twenty historic sites, museums, and privately-owned homes join together to present a grand holiday tour with each venue decorated in a festive flair and serving refreshments. Many sites also have special entertainment or activities. For more information: Historic Saint Louis

December 5 to December 6 in Bishop Hill, Illinois:

Julmarknad—Event features Swedish folk characters, traditional Swedish holiday decorations, exhibits, activities and more. For more information: Bishop Hill Heritage Foundation, (309) 927-3899.

December 5 in Tacoma, Washington:

Christmas Regale—Event features a real old-fashioned Christmas with yule log with toasts and Christmas Carols, parlor games, ornament making, and more. For more information: Fort Nisqually, (253) 305-1000.

December 5 to December 6 in Christmas, Florida:

Cracker Christmas—Event features pioneer demonstrations including broom making, blacksmithing, basket weaving, rope making, spinning, quilting, lace making, wood carving, and a craft fair with more than 150 crafters with handmade items. For more information: Fort Christmas Historical Park, (407) 254-9312.

December 5 to December 6 in Campton Hills, Illinois:

Candlelight at the Inn—Candlelight tour features interpreters wearing period clothing sharing with guests what life was like for people during the height of the horse and wagon era and includes hearthside cooking demonstration, period music and more. For more information: Garfield Farm Museum, (630) 584-8485.

December 5 in Bedford, Pennsylvania:

Christmas in the Village—Stroll through the Village while enjoying live seasonal music and learning the stories behind favorite holiday traditions. For more information: Old Bedford Village, (814) 623-1156.

December 5 in Odessa, Delaware:

Christmas in Odessa—56th annual Christmas in Odessa will be Inside Out and Decked Out Doors with self-guided tours through the beautifully decorated Christmas town, festively decorated homes and information about the historical town. Fresh greens will be on sale to decorate your own home. For more information: Womans Club of Odessa, (302) 593-4953.

December 5 in Lancaster, Ohio:

Currys Antiques Christmas Shows—Show features antiques, primitives, handmade holiday decorations and more. At Currys Antiques. For more information: Currys Antiques, (740) 654-1333.

December 5 in Williamsburg, Virginia:

Grand Illumination—Event features unique decorations throughout the Historic Area, musical performances on multiple stages along the streets and fireworks displays from the Capitol, the Magazine, and the Palace. For more information: Colonial Williamsburg, 800-hist or y.

December 6 in Labanon, New Jersey:

Dutch Christmas on the Farmstead—Event features musicians, Sinterklaas, crafts and more. For more information: Readington Museums, (908) 236-2327.

December 6 in South Park, Pennsylvania:

18th century Holiday Traditions—Event shows how these holidays might have been celebrated on 18th century frontier. For more information: Oliver Miller Homestead, (412) 835-1554.

December 6 in Lincoln, Rhode Island:

Old-Fashioned Christmas Celebration—Event features the house decorated with Victorian ornamentation of lace and gold, festive garlands, and poinsettias and includes live seasonal music and caroling, and refreshments. For more information: Hearthside House Museum, (401) 726-0597.


Now through January 1, 2021 in Washington, District of Columbia:

Nation to Nation-Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations—Exhibition tells the story of the relationship between Indian Nations and the United States, including the history and legacy of U.S. American Indian diplomacy from the colonial period through the present. For more information: National Museum of the American Indian

Now through January 2, 2023 in Williamsburg, Virginia:

To Arm against an Enemy-Weapons of the Revolutionary War—Exhibit provides a deeper understanding of the instruments of war as the weapons take center stage and features approximately 70 muskets, carbines and rifles, bayonets, pistols and swords as used by Loyalists, American patriots, Hessians and British “red coats” in battles on land and at sea. For more information: Colonial Williamsburg, 800-hist or y.

Now through December 31 in Plymouth, Massachusetts:

The Plymouth Tapestry—The Plymouth Tapestry tells the story of early Plymouth in a heroically-scaled needlework piece, based on original artwork and created entirely by hand by volunteer stitchers. The tapestry illustrates the experiences of the Wampanoag people who inhabited the region for thousands of years, and the Pilgrims, the English settlers who arrived on the Mayflower in 1620 to establish a new home in a unique place. The embroidery will be comprised of twenty 6-foot-long panels with selected panels displayed in fall 2019 through 2020. For more information: Pilgrim Hall Museum, (508) 746-1620.

Now through January 1, 2022 in Salem, Massachusetts:

Maritime Art Gallery—Installation offers a global perspective on the creative response to the sea, from a 17th-century brass Pakistani astrolabe to Valerie Hagerty’s monumental Shipwrecked Armoire with Barnacles (2012) and artworks that reflect Salem’s rich history of maritime trade and exploration. For more information: Peabody Essex Museum, (978) 745-9500.

Now through April 18, 2021 in St. Louis, Missouri:

Mighty Mississippi—Exhibit explores the grandeur of North America’s greatest river in context with the cultures that have grown and thrived around it, from the largest and most influential American Indian centers of the Mississippian cultural period to the vast European and Indian fur trade networks, to the revolutionary steamboats, factories, and immigration of the Industrial Age. For more information: Missouri History Museum, (314) 746-4599.

Now through December 31 in Deerfield, Massachusetts:

Into the Woods-Crafting Early American Furniture—Exhibit explores an array of masterworks by famous American cabinetmakers including Duncan Phyfe and Honoré Lannuier, Samuel McIntire, John and Thomas Seymour, and John Townsend, learning about antique furniture from the inside out, and gaining a new understanding of the materials and craftsmanship that went into the creation of these spectacular objects. In the Flynt Center of Early New England Life. For more information: Historic Deerfield, (413) 774-5581.

Now through January 3, 2021 in New York, New York:

American Perspectives-Stories from the American Folk Art Museum Collection—Exhibit showcases more than seventy works of folk and self-taught art from the museum’s collection organized into four sections-Founders, Travelers, Philosophers, and Seekers, that respond to such themes as nationhood, freedom, community, imagination, opportunity, and legacy. For more information: American Folk Art Museum, (212) 595-9533.

Now through January 3, 2021 in Wilmington, Delaware:

Re-Vision 20/20-Through a Woman’s Lens—Exhibit looks at objects in the Winterthur galleries through the lens of women’s stories, recognizing the everyday women who forged a better path for themselves, and ultimately for future generations, in creative, intellectual, and entrepreneurial ways, highlighting objects and manuscripts representing more than three centuries of history, the objects in these galleries reveal unexpected and surprising stories that touch upon complex issues associated with gender, race, politics, religion, celebrity, and more. For more information: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, (800) 448-3883.

Now through June 30, 2021 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania:

Thrown, Fired, and Glazed-The Redware Tradition from Pennsylvania and Beyond—Second year of the exhibit includes new items and focuses on redware produced in southeastern Pennsylvania but also showcases pieces from England, Germany, New England, the South and the Midwest. The objects date from a 1684 piece to the work of today’s traditional potters. For more information: Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum, (717) 569-0401.

Now through June 20, 2021 in New Orleans, Louisiana:

Arte Sacra-Roman Catholic Art from Portuguese India—Exhibition reveals both the global influence of European seventeenth- and eighteenth-century styles, as well as the transformation of these styles in the hands of Indian artists. For more information: New Orleans Museum of Art, (504) 658-4100.

Now through June 30, 2021 in Williamsburg, Virginia:

Textile Arts of Britain-A Commodity for the Colonies—Exhibit focuses on the story of the most important industry in 18th century Great Britain. The 13 British North American colonies were the biggest market for the trade, and more fabric flowed to North America than any other commodity. In the Alaimo Gallery, the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. For more information: Colonial Williamsburg, 800-hist or y.

Now through January 2, 2021 in Canyon, Texas:

A Gift of the Clay-The Legacy of Pueblo Indian Pottery—Exhibit explores 1,500 years of pottery creation in the Southwest through pottery created by ancestors of the Pueblo Indians, as well as vessels that exemplify the traditional styles that emerged at various pueblos in the nineteenth century. For more information: Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, (806) 651-2244.

Now through December 31 in Cooperstown, New York:

Elegant Line/Powerful Shape-Elements of Native American Art—Exhibit focuses on Native American artists’ communication with their audiences by using an almost infinite variety of materials and styles, whether through broad lines on a ceramic vessel or colorful patterns on a beaded bandolier bag. Native American artists embody the past, present, and future of their communities in their art and the early 20th century Euro-American artists who began to closely look at Native American art for inspiration. For more information: Fenimore Art Museum, (607) 547-1400.

Now through December 8 in Cooperstown, New York:

Fanfare for America: 19th Century Decorative Arts—Exhibition of 19th century early American decorative arts, both original and juried works, presented by the Central New York Chapter, Historical Society of Early American Decoration. Exhibition includes American painted tinware, stenciling on wood and tin with bronze powders, theorems, pontypool, reverse glass painting, gilded glass, penwork, school girl art, free hand bronze, clock dials and more. For more information: Fenimore Art Museum, (607) 547-1400.

Now through December 31 in New Orleans, Louisiana:

Orientalism-Taking and Making—Exhibit celebrates the beauty of nineteenth-century Orientalist artwork, highlighting the undercurrents of oppression, racism, and superficial cultural understanding layered in these paintings, photographs, and decorative arts. For more information: New Orleans Museum of Art, (504) 658-4100.

Now through March 28, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:

When Women Lost the Vote—Exhibit explores the little-known history of the nation’s first women voters and examines how and why this right was ripped away in 1807 and features original objects including textiles, manuscripts, furniture, and art. For more information: Museum of the American Revolution, (215) 253-6731.

Now through April 4, 2021 in Salem, Massachusetts:

The Salem Witch Trials 1692—Exhibit explores rarely-exhibited original witch trial documents showing the true story of this tragedy as told through the voices and with the possessions of those directly involved. For more information: Peabody Essex Museum, (866) 745-1876.

Now through October 3, 2021 in Salem, Massachusetts:

Salem Stories—Exhibit features more than 100 works in 26 vignettes about the people, places and events that make Salem the city it is today, including paintings, sculpture, textiles, decorative arts, photographs, natural history specimens, manuscripts, posters, books, and eyewitness accounts. For more information: Peabody Essex Museum, (866) 745-1876.

Now through December 31, 2021 in Williamsburg, Virginia:

Keeping Time-Tall Case Clocks—Exhibition focuses on the innovation during the late 17th century of telling time to the exact minute and features more than 20 tall case clocks spanning a century of time keeping from 1700 to 1800. For more information: Colonial Williamsburg, (888) 965-7254.

Now through March 14, 2021 in Salem, Massachusetts:

Made It-The Women Who Revolutionized Fashion—Exhibit showcases more than 100 works, spanning 250 years, recognizing women’s often-overlooked contributions to the fashion and design industry. For more information: Peabody Essex Museum, (866) 745-1876.


December 11 to December 13 in Wadesville, Indiana: 12th Annual Christmas at the Cabin

December 11 to December 12 in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania: Christkindlmarkt at Dills Tavern

December 11 to December 12 in Edenton, Michigan: 39th annual Christmas Candlelight Tour

December 12 in Westminster, Maryland: Carroll County Farmers Market

December 12 in Beaufort, South Carolina: Historic Beaufort Candlelight Homes Tour

December 12 in Williamsburg, Virginia: Grand Illumination

December 12 in Youngstown, New York: The Castle by Candlelight

December 12 in Ticonderoga, New York: Living History Event-RIOT! Yankees vs Buckskins

December 12 in Sibley, Missouri: Candlelight Tour of Fort Osage

December 12 in Lincoln, Rhode Island: Old-Fashioned Christmas Celebration by Candlelight

December 12 in Bedford, Pennsylvania: Christmas in the Village

December 13 in Middletown, Virginia: Dinner Series Event-Cocktails at Christmas

December 13 in Perrysburg, Ohio: Holiday Open House

December 13 in Ticonderoga, New York: Virtual Author Series

December 13 in Lincoln, Rhode Island: Old-Fashioned Christmas Celebration

December 19 in Westminster, Maryland: Carroll County Farmers Market

December 19 in Youngstown, New York: The Castle by Candlelight

December 19 in Williamsburg, Virginia: Grand Illumination

December 26 to December 31 in Trenton, New Jersey: Patriots Week

December 27 in Lincoln, Rhode Island: Home for the Holidays Guided Candlelight Tours

December 28 in Marietta, Ohio: Visit with the Pioneers


December 19 to December 31 in Yorktown, Virginia: Christmastide in Virginia

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