American Holiday Series

American Holiday Series

Access all of our programs in the American Holidays Series, led by Dr. Andrew Roth,

JES Scholar-in-Residence

Our series are designed to allow you watch to a program individually--no need to watch all of the programs in succession!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

AMERICAN HOLIDAYS: FROM CANDLEMAS AND PUNXSUTAWNEY PHIL TO PRESIDENTS DAY AND VALENTINE'S DAY

Dr. Andrew Roth

February 2, 2021

Join Jefferson Educational Society Scholar-in-Residence Andrew Roth for the first installment of his new series American Holidays. An extension of his The American Tapestry Project, in American Holidays Roth explores how Americans tell their story through the people, places, and things they celebrate.

In February, asks what is Candlemas, who are Buckeye Chuck and Punxsutawney Phil, what is Presidents Day, whatever happened to Washington's birthday, and what did Esther Howland and Joyce Hall have to do with 'won't you be my Valentine'?

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AMERICAN HOLIDAYS: 'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS -- AN EXAMINATION OF CLEMENT CLARKE MOORE'S FAMED POEM AND THE HOLIDAY IT CELEBRATES

Dr. Andrew Roth

December, 22 2020

Previewing a new 2021/2022 Jefferson Educational Society series on American Holidays, join Jefferson Scholar-in-Residence Andrew Roth and Jefferson Vice-President Ben Speggen as they ask: Who was Clement Clarke Moore?

Did he really write "Twas the night before Christmas…"? In fact, what is the correct title of the poem whose first line is "Twas the night before Christmas…"? How did it create a new American tradition? How did Christmas replace Valentine's Day, Twelfth Night and New Year's Day as the major gift giving day? Who was Thomas Nast? Who invented Santa Claus? What was it Virginia asked? Join us for this prelude to American Holidays – a rich tradition from Decoration Day to Mothers' Day, from Armistice Day to Labor Day, from Presidents' Day to the Fourth of July as Americans celebrate their common heritage.

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