Midcentury Christmas: Fads and Fun From 1947-1970 – FREE Online Event

Event details

  • December 21, 2023
  • 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Online. Registration required.

  |   Cost: Free. Registration required. Click here to register for this virtual program.

Christmas in America from the 1940s through the 1960s meant aluminum trees, department store Santas, and cartoon specials on TV. Every kid in the suburbs had to have an Easy-Bake Oven, a G.I. Joe, or a Slinky. The coolest houses had rotating color wheels for their trees.

Historian Leslie Goddard explores this optimistic era in a new illustrated, virtual lecture, using photographs, advertisements, greeting cards, and catalogs to explore why this era was a turning point for how we celebrate the holidays.