A Victorian Christmas
a talk with Kimberly Smith
Wednesday, December 9, 6 pm- 7 pm
Did you know that nearly all of the beloved Christmas traditions we observe today originated in the Victorian era? From the tree itself to sending Christmas cards, from caroling to placing decorations in store windows, so much of what makes the season special and familiar originated in the 1800s. Dish up some plum pudding and gather the family around the fireplace and join MHS Board Member Kimberly Smith for a festive and informative look at the origins of cherished and historic holiday customs!
About the speaker: Kimberly R. Smith, a long-standing member of MENSA, holds a Master’s of Science in Business degree from Husson University; a Non-Profit Organizational Management Certificate from Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia; and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine. She has served as the Executive Director for four non-profits (two of which won national awards under her stewardship) and served as a consultant to several others. Smith has served on numerous local and state boards and currently sits on the Boards of Presque Isle Historical Society, Aroostook County Tourism Council, Presque Isle Air Museum, and Maine Historical Society. Honors include being named Presque Isle’s Citizen of the Year 2009; a Lifetime Achievement Award from the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation in 2014; an Excellence Award from New England Museum Association; and a Paul Harris Fellow in 2019.
Cost: Free and open to the public. Registration required, limited to 500 attendees.
Location: online via Zoom.