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History Presentation On American Christmas Traditions
The Lynnfield Historical Society will present a program titled "Christmas Traditions” at its upcoming meeting, on Tuesday, November 20. Its guest speaker will be Anthony Sammarco, the noted local historian and author.
Sammarco will present a slide lecture and will speak about the history of how Americans have celebrated Christmas since Puritan times, and how their traditions have evolved to include the Christmas tree, Christmas cards, greens and holly, and present day celebrations.
Sammarco is the author of over sixty books on the history of Boston, He teaches history at the Urban College of Boston, where he was named Educator of the Year in 2003 and where he serves on the Leadership Council. He is the recipient of many awards for his work, and is: a fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society; a member of the Boston Authors’ Club; and a proprietor of the Boston Athenaeum. Sammarco resides in Boston and Osterville.
The meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 20 at 7:30 pm in the 1714 Meeting House. The public is welcomed.
More About Old Meeting House
Built in 1714, the Lynnfield Old Meeting House is one of the oldest Meeting Houses in New England. The building has served various purposes throughout the history of the town, once functioning as a church, then a primary school, and later, the town of Lynnfield's fire department. The building features rows of pine pews, reflective of early 19th Century architecture, an open ceiling exposing the original rafters, and the original bell, installed as part of the fire station in 1903 and removed from the belfry in the 1960s, rests outside on a block of granite. While retired for official town functions, the wooden building still hosts regular events in Lynnfield. Reservations are handled by the Lynnfield Historical Society.