Each year the Flagler Museum presents a special Christmas lecture focusing on the popular stories or topics of the Gilded Age. The lectures give insight into how Gilded Age events shaped our modern Christmas traditions. Afterwards audience members are encouraged to enjoy the Museum's Tree Lighting festivities.

An American Christmas: An Illustrated Lecture by Philip B. Kunhardt, III

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December 6, 2009

The Museum invited author and documentary film producer Philip B. Kunhardt, III to discuss the evolution of American Christmas traditions from the 19th and early 20th century.

O. Henry's "Gift of the Magi"

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December 5, 2010

The Museum invited Valerie Bennett, Curator of the O. Henry Museum in Austin, Texas, to present an illustrated lecture on O. Henry’s most famous work “The Gift of the Magi.” She discussed one of America’s most cherished holiday stories and the life of its author William Sidney Porter, better known as O. Henry.

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas: A Poem That Dramatically Changed the American Christmas

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December 4, 2011

Nancy H. Marshall discusses Clement Clark Moore's "A Visit from St. Nicholas" and explores how a bedtime story written nearly 200 years ago has guided American Christmas traditions from the late 19th century through the present.

Season's Greetings From The Whitehouse

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December 2, 2012

Gilded Age President, Calvin Coolidge, lit the first White House Christmas Tree in 1923. As a collector and historian, Mary Seeley has captured the Christmas traditions of nearly every First Family since the start of the Gilded Age. Her book, Season's Greetings From the White House is a collection of official greeting cards, messages, gifts, and traditional holiday celebration.

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