Even when the days are short and the weather cold, Minnesotans of all backgrounds still find plenty to celebrate. Join Alex Weston to examine the history of various holiday traditions as they have been observed in Minnesota over the last 150 years. Hear about the local history of Hanukkah, Christmas, and Ramadan, as well as Julebukking, Ōmisoka, and Kwanzaa. What is “Christmas creep” and how did this season become so important to Minnesota retailers? How did secular holidays such as Thanksgiving and New Year’s, or civic festivals such as the Saint Paul Winter Carnival, come to be?
This presentation will be delivered via Zoom. Participants will receive the link upon registration.
About the presenter:
Alex Weston is a public historian and filmmaker based in the Twin Cities. He is Program Associate at Minnesota Historical Society, where he produces digital content for the James J. Hill House and Alexander Ramsey House. He lives in Saint Paul with his wife and three kids.