• Wenham Museum (map)
  • 132 Main Street
  • Wenham, MA, 01984
  • United States

In conjunction with Wenham Museum’s current Ox-Cart Man exhibit, Donald Hall’s picture book Lucy’s Christmas will serve as the framework for a workshop exploring what it would have been like to be a girl living in rural New England in 1909.


Discuss Christmas gift traditions, especially hand-made presents that reuse household materials as compared with store-bought items.  Make a clothespin doll. Discuss home life, especially stoves for heating and cooking, using a facsimile Sears Catalogue that includes the Glenwood Kitchen Range.  (Possible use of museum toy stove.) Compare shopping for a new appliance then and now. Discuss school life then and now, especially penmanship.  Practice writing with a steel pen and ink, and then create a Christmas card from period scrap reproductions. Play games described in the book, including dominoes and tiddlywinks. Examine period board games from the museum.

Date/Time: Saturday, December 12, 2015 9:00 AM to Noon

Cost: $45 per girl (Includes all materials)