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1761 Christmas in Virginia - Hopes for Hymnals for the Slaves

1761 CHRISTMAS IN VIRGINIA - HOPES FOR HYMNALS FOR THE SLAVES

Reverend John Wright was a Presbyterian minister active in Cumberland County, Virginia, during the 1760s. On the Feast of the Epiphany,...

In 1773, like Many US Visitors, Santa went to NYC 1st

IN 1773, LIKE MANY US VISITORS, SANTA WENT TO NYC 1ST

Icon of Nicholas of Myra The legend of Santa Claus goes back hundreds of years to a monk named St. Nicholas. It is believed that Nicholas...

 
 
 
Christmas Wassail as a Punch - From England to her Colonies

CHRISTMAS WASSAIL AS A PUNCH - FROM ENGLAND TO HER COLONIES

The word Wassail expanded from being a greeting to be a term used to refer to the punch drink related to the toast. The punch which...

1702 Christmas Pranks at School in Virginia

1702 CHRISTMAS PRANKS AT SCHOOL IN VIRGINIA

Rev James Blair probably painted by Charles Bridges By 1702, Christmas pranking had become popular in Virginia. The Reverend James...

 
 
 
1774 Christmas Holiday Celebrations in Alexandria, Virginia

1774 CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS IN ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA

Nicholas Cresswell (1750-1804) by an unidentified artist, c 1780. Cresswell was the son of a landowner & sheep farmer in Edale, Derbyshire....

Sarah Livingston Jay writes her absent Patriot Husband Jay a Christmas Letter 1779

SARAH LIVINGSTON JAY WRITES HER ABSENT PATRIOT HUSBAND JAY A CHRISTMAS LETTER 1779

Sarah "Sally" Van Brugh Livingston Jay (1756-1802) Sarah "Sally" Van Brugh Livingston Jay (1756-1802) & her politically ambitious patriot...

 
 
 
A Christmas Pair of Ruffles & a Poem for Ben Franklin in 1769 London

A CHRISTMAS PAIR OF RUFFLES & A POEM FOR BEN FRANKLIN IN 1769 LONDON

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) Smithsonian Magazine 2009 To Benjamin Franklin from Mary Stevenson, To Dr. Franklin with a pair of Ruffles...

George Washington's Christmas Gifts for his 2 new Stepchildren

GEORGE WASHINGTON'S CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR HIS 2 NEW STEPCHILDREN

The Colonial Williamsburg website notes that George Washington's Christmas list for his young stepchildren was ambitious: in 1759,...

 
 
 
Notes on Christmas in Virginia from visiting New England Tutor Philip Vickers Fithian (1747-1776)

NOTES ON CHRISTMAS IN VIRGINIA FROM VISITING NEW ENGLAND TUTOR PHILIP VICKERS FITHIAN (1747-1776)

Philip Vickers Fithian (1747-1776) by unknown artist. Image from page 127 of "Philip Vickers Fithian : journal and letters ..." (1900) New...

Thomas Jefferson celebrates Christmas at Monticello

THOMAS JEFFERSON CELEBRATES CHRISTMAS AT MONTICELLO

John Trumbull Portrait of Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) 1788 Thomas Jefferson was not always jolly at Christmas. Jefferson wrote to...

 
 
 
The Washingtons celebrate Christmas at Mount Vernon

THE WASHINGTONS CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS AT MOUNT VERNON

George Washington & his slave, Billy Lee. 1780, by John Trumbull. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Washingtons celebrate Christmas...

Ben Franklin celebrates Christmas with Friends, Nuts, Apples, & Mince Pies

BEN FRANKLIN CELEBRATES CHRISTMAS WITH FRIENDS, NUTS, APPLES, & MINCE PIES

Benjamin Franklin's correspondence gives only a glimpse into his celebration of Christmas. Franklin usually spent Christmas away from...

 
 
 
The Slave Experience of the Holidays in Early America

THE SLAVE EXPERIENCE OF THE HOLIDAYS IN EARLY AMERICA

The Slave Experience of the HolidaysFrom Documenting the American South.University Library, The University of North Carolina at Chapel...

Christmas for Thomas Jefferson's Slaves

CHRISTMAS FOR THOMAS JEFFERSON'S SLAVES

Portrait of President Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) by Revolutionary War hero Tadeusz Kosciuszko (1746-1817) During the Christmas season,...

 
 
 
What Was Christmas Like for early America's Enslaved People?

WHAT WAS CHRISTMAS LIKE FOR EARLY AMERICA'S ENSLAVED PEOPLE?

What Was Christmas Like for America's Enslaved People? For some, it was a rare time of respite; for others, an opportunity for resistance....

Timeline of Jewish/Christian History to Colonial America

TIMELINE OF JEWISH/CHRISTIAN HISTORY TO COLONIAL AMERICA

Timeline of Jewish/Christian History Judaism developed among the ancient Hebrews. Judaism is characterized by a belief in one transcendent...

 
 
 
18C Virginia & Southern Celebrations of Christmas

18C VIRGINIA & SOUTHERN CELEBRATIONS OF CHRISTMAS

Harold Gill, a retired Colonial Williamsburg historian, tells us that colonial Virginians rarely wrote descriptions of Christmas observations,...

Christmas in 17C England & the Virginia colony

CHRISTMAS IN 17C ENGLAND & THE VIRGINIA COLONY

“Christmas in 17th-century England & Virginia” by Nancy Egloff, Jamestown Settlement Historian Along with their friends & relatives...

 
 
 
Christmas in America's Middle Colonies

CHRISTMAS IN AMERICA'S MIDDLE COLONIES

The early history of the Delaware Valley & William Penn's inclusive policies created an ethnic & religious mix not found in the other...

Christmas - 1621 New England - Christmas Beers ONLY on-board Ship

CHRISTMAS - 1621 NEW ENGLAND - CHRISTMAS BEERS ONLY ON-BOARD SHIP

A Relation or Journal of the Proceedings of the Plantation settled at Plymouth in New England, also called Mourt's Relation: A Journal...

 
 
 



Emma Elliott presents new marble sculptures at on form 18

Emma Elliott presents new marble sculptures at on form 18

Emma Elliott is one of forty sculptors selected for on form 18, a biennial exhibition of sculpture in stone at Asthall Manor in the Cotswolds. She joins world renowned and... Read more ...

‘The Tiger Rising' Review: A Cage of Clichés

A lonely boy finds an ally when he discovers a caged tiger in a forest behind his home, but imagination is somehow short-lived in this children's movie. Read more ...

‘Salt in My Soul' Review: Living, Even Thriving, With Illness

This documentary reconstructs the life of Mallory Smith, who died at 25 after a lifelong battle with cystic fibrosis. Read more ...

Showcase: Blood Angels Librarian in Phobos Armour

Showcase: Blood Angels Librarian in Phobos Armour

This Librarian came with issue 11 of the Partworks Imperium Magazine and was pretty fun to paint. It's actually the second time I've painting this model. The first time was... Read more ...

Showcase: Black Templar Assault Intercessors

Showcase: Black Templar Assault Intercessors

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Review: ‘As We See It,' Where the Quest for ‘Normal' Is Extraordinary

This dramedy from Jason Katims brings three young adults on the autism spectrum to vivid life, with empathy and a light touch. Read more ...

Fred Parris, Creator of a Doo-Wop Classic, Is Dead at 85

His “In the Still of the Night” , recorded with his group the Five Satins, came to define a sort of dreamy 1950s nostalgia. Read more ...

All The News That Is Unfit To Print

I was gloomily turning a page of a news magazine, reading again of how our country will never be a true democracy, as long as the filibuster remains in place for the minority... Read more ...

Hardy Kruger, German-Born Hollywood Star, Is Dead at 93

He found success in American films in the 1960s and '70s, one critic said, because he found ways to portray “the new, good German.” Read more ...

‘Introduction' Review: All Mixed Up

In his new film, the prolific South Korean director Hong Sangsoo tells a fractured coming-of-age story in three vignettes. Read more ...

Student Becomes a Millionaire After Turning Selfies Into NFTs as a Joke

Student Becomes a Millionaire After Turning Selfies Into NFTs as a Joke

A 22-year-old Indonesian college student has become a millionaire overnight after turning his collection of daily selfies into non-fungible tokens as a joke. Read more ...