Three Centuries of Christmas in America at Historic Hanna's Town

Dec 09th 2017 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Historic Hanna's Town - 809 Forbes Trail Road, Greensburg, PA 15601

14292238_1302013473176683_7258054626690082182_n.jpgThis hugely popular program at Historic Hanna's Town visits the evolution of holiday traditions in America during the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries.

Christmas is America’s favorite holiday. A Harris Poll in 2011 confirmed that Christmas is #1 across all demographics (age and gender). But it wasn’t always.

When people came to America, they brought the traditions from their homeland with them. In 17th and 18th century America some honored Christmas Day while others did not. This divide was often determined by the church you attended because some denominations said there was no Biblical command to celebrate Christmas! However, over time, various customs were borrowed or melded with the practices of others in the neighborhood, and by the latter part of the 19th century, an American tradition of Christmas began to emerge that united various cultural customs.

Consider how Christmas changed in America over three centuries. From the attitude of some in the 18th century who considered Christmas a day of prayer and fasting to the evolution of Santa Claus through the 19th & 20th century.


Saturday, December 2

Saturday, December 9

Tours begin at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. 

The Museum Shop will be open for Holiday shopping from 10 a.m. 4 p.m.


$7 per nonmember; $5 per WCHS member

Child's Christmas craft activity is an additional $2. 

Reservations requiredCall the Westmoreland County Historical Society 724-532-1935 x 210 to reserve your seat.


Historic Hanna's Town
809 Forbes Trail Road
Greensburg, PA 15601