Virtual lecture to explore ‘1930s Christmas in Lancaster’

This advertisement promoting Christmas shopping at Kilmarnock stores appeared in the December 7, 1933, Rappahannock Record.

The Lancaster Virginia Historical Society (LVHS) will present “1930s Christmas in Lancaster: Holiday Cheer in Spite of Hard Times,” at 3 p.m. Thursday, December 17. The presentation is part of the LVHS “Zooming In On Lancaster County History” Virtual Speaker Series.

Researcher Shaune Lee will share information she compiled for a previous LVHS museum exhibit about Northern Neck life and Christmas trends and traditions in the Depression era, including numerous stories and advertising images from local newspapers of the period. 

According to Lee, The Rappahannock Record newspaper captured the feeling of the era when it reported in December 1932 that “in spite of talk of hard times, the holiday spirit is abroad in the land.” The Christmas season brought on a mixture of…

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