Cooperstown, N.Y. - Experience a new, annual event that intertwines local writings of Christmas past with 19th century holiday activities. "Shall We Have Christmas?" takes place Saturday, December 3, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at The Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown. This one-night-only event will leave visitors with a new perspective on how our upstate ancestors celebrated the holiday season and what they really thought of it. The museum's historic buildings will offer a variety of festive activities including holiday gift-making in the More House; holiday foods in the Lippitt House; singing and socializing in Bump Tavern; greeting card printing in the printing office; remedies for winter ailments in the pharmacy; and decoration making in the church. In each building, visitors will hear or read a quote from a diarist or author, such as Susan Fenimore Cooper, that describes the details and happenings of an 1840s Christmas in central New York. Here, Susan Fenimore Cooper expresses her thoughts in an entry from Rural Hours published in 1850: "The festival is very generally remembered now in this country, though more of asocial than a religious holiday, by all those who are opposed to such observances on principle. In large towns it is almost universally kept. In the villages, however, but few shops are closed, and only one or two of the half dozen places of worship are opened for service. Still, everybody recollectsthat it is Christmas; presents are made in all families; the children go from house to house wishing Merry Christmas; and probably few who call themselves Christians allow the day to pass without giving a thought to the sacred event it commemorates, as they wish their friends a "Merry Christmas." There will also be horse-drawn wagon rides throughout the evening. Admission: $10 adults, $9 seniors (age 65 and over), $5.50 children age 7-12, free for children 6 and under and for members of the New York State Historical Association. Visit FarmersMuseum.org for more information. Be sure to revisit The Farmers' Museum for Candlelight Evening on Saturday, December 10. And while at the museum, catch up on your holiday shopping at Todd's General Store and The Farmers' Museum Store. Our museum stores feature unique wooden toys, books, Solmate Sox, Marble jewelry, artisan-made products, and much more. Beautiful holiday items and greeting cards are in stock including handmade, glass ornaments from Peggy Kaar. NYSHA members receive 20% off!
About The Farmers' Museum
As one of the oldest rural life museums in the country, The Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown, New York, provides visitors with a unique opportunity to experience 19th-century rural and village life first-hand through authentic demonstrations and interpretative exhibits. The museum, founded in 1943, comprises a Colonial Revival stone barn listed on the National Register for Historic Places, a recreated historic village circa 1845, a late- nineteenth-century Country Fair featuring The Empire State Carousel, and a working farmstead. Through its 19th-century village and farm, the museum preserves important examples of upstate New York architecture, early agricultural tools and equipment, and heritage livestock. The Farmers' Museum's outstanding collection of more than 23,000 items encompasses significant historic objects ranging from butter molds to carriages, and hand planes toplows. The museum also presents a broad range of interactive educational programs for school groups, families, and adults that explore and preserve the rich agricultural history of the region. For more information or images, please contact: Todd Kenyon, Public Relations New York State Historical Association Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers' Museum Phone: (607) 547-1472 / E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org