Lost & Found Lunch - The Paradox of the Victorian Christmas with Jack Neely - Nov 17th

Lost & Found Lunch – The Paradox of the Victorian Christmas.

Jack Neely, Executive Director of the Knoxville History Project will speak about the history of the Victorian Christmas.Lunch is available on a first-come, first-served basis at 11:30 a.m. The talk will begin promptly at noon. Please RSVP to Hollie Cook at hcook@knoxheritage.org or at 865-523-8008. FREE. ALL ARE WELCOME.

When Queen Victoria began her reign in 1837, Christmas was hardly celebrated in Knoxville at all, even in the churches. Dec. 25 was another working day. By 1890, each Christmas was an occasion for hundreds of parties, vaudeville shows, church services, big sales, bowling tournaments, fireworks, and, sometimes, riots. We’ll examine how Christmas–and Knoxville–changed radically during the Victorian era.