Christmas traditions may seem like they’ve been around for centuries, but most are less than 200 years old and many have yet to reach their century old mark. Glencoe Mansion, Museum & Gallery will host a month-long exhibit that looks at traditions across four time periods.
The display begins in the 1800s when the holiday was primarily an adult event and then moves to a Victorian Christmas when the majority of traditions, including the Christmas tree, began to take shape. In addition, the exhibit explores Christmas celebrations of the 1940s and 1970s when some of our most iconic songs and other symbols of Christmas became so important to our celebration.
The four periods reflect important developments in Radford. In the 1820s to 1840s important growth was underway along the famous Wilderness trail that became known as Lovely Mount, the forerunner of today’s city. The next period, the 1880s and 1890s, was when Radford became a city and experienced major developments.
Visitors also will see the importance of the 1940s when the war and the Radford Arsenal transformed Radford almost overnight. The last era covered will be the 1970s that reflect the culmination of post-World War II prosperity.