Monday, December 3rd

WMHS Auditorium 7:00 PM

In 1659, the Massachusetts Bay Colony banned the celebration of Christmas, deeming it a period of seasonal excess without Biblical authority. It would not be until 1856 that Christmas Day became a state holiday. By the mid-nineteenth century a German immigrant named Charles Follen introduced the Christmas tree to Boston, and shortly thereafter Louis Prang introduced his colorful Christmas cards, the first in Boston. During the next century, Boston would see caroling and hand bell ringing on Beacon Hill, traditional New England displays on Boston Common and in the city’s many department stores. Christmas Traditions in Boston revisits the memories of the past and brings together the shared tradition of how Bostonians celebrated the holiday season. The book will be for sale at the talk.

Referred to as the "Balzac of Boston History" by the Boston Globe, Anthony Sammarco is a noted historian and author of over seventy books on the history and development of Boston, and he lectures widely on the history of his native city.

DVDs  of  "Voices from Vietnam" are now available for on-line purchase

DVDs are $15 plus $3 shipping each