Creating Christmas: How a Centuries Old European Celebration Became Something Uniquely American.
By the mid-1600’s, the centuries old European celebration of Christmas was such a drunken, bawdy, public affair that the early Puritans arriving in America put an immediate ban on any Christmas celebrations in their Godly communities. New York newspapers in the early 1800’s illustrate that Christmas was far from a silent night and instead was a night of crime and terror.
How then did the Christmas holiday become such a treasured tradition of gift giving, Santa Claus, family feasts, and domestic bliss?
Join historian and archivist Mickey DiCamillo as he explains how the holiday was tamed, domesticated, and transformed into something uniquely American.
Mickey DiCamillo is an archivist and historian. He has worked for The University of Pennsylvania, The Pennsylvania Historical Society, and currently works at the Hagley Museum and Library, a Smithsonian affiliated research library in Wilmington, Delaware. He has written for the Journal of Film and History, The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, and has given numerous lectures on United States and New Jersey History. He lives in Moorestown, New Jersey where he is president of the community’s historical society
This event is free and will be presented online via Zoom. Please register to receive the Zoom link at creating-christmas.eventbrite.com. See you there!
What Is Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) and What are My Options?
Everything You Need to Know About Medicare AEP and More!
Presented by Tara Claghorn-Nicastro
Please register on Eventbrite for this free event, which will be presented online.
The Blue Bell Library is CLOSED today because of Election Day. Ambler Branch has regular hours.
Ran'D Shine is back with a frighteningly fantastic Halloween Magic Show for the whole family to enjoy!
Dress up in your costumes then tune in on Zoom! Registration is required to receive the Zoom link.
Sign up at magic-show-ambler.eventbrite.com. It's going to be "spook"tacular!!
The coronavirus pandemic and its related economic consequences have made critical changes to the way we think about retirement in America. What are the key questions about housing, healthcare, business, and the supply chain that you should be asking yourself as we work our way through this crisis?
In this 45 minute webinar with the Society of Financial Awareness (SOFA), you’ll learn the new questions you should be asking in light of the global pandemic, including:
How much money will I need? What sources do I have, and are they enough?
How much of my retirement income is guaranteed? Why is this important given the market volatility that has happened and is likely to continue for some time?
What strategies are best for me now?
No prior knowledge is required! The goal of this webinar is to give you an idea of how to develop a game plan and inform you of the things you can do to improve your likelihood of success in retirement. You’ll learn about how to manage inflation, the amount of guaranteed vs. variable income you are receiving, and other factors that are related to your longevity and long term care.
This event is FREE. Registration is required at retirewvpl.eventbrite.com to receive the Zoom link.
We are so excited to tell you that construction is almost complete on the Ambler Library building at 209 Race Street!
The library at the Ambler Borough Hall will close on Sept. 28 for moving. We'll be closed for a minimum of two weeks and plan to open the newly remodeled Race Street library mid-October.
During the weeks that the Ambler branch is closed, holds can be picked up at WVPL Blue Bell on Skippack Pike.
If you have any questions, please contact the Ambler branch manager at 215-646-1072, ext. 38.
When Women Lost the Vote
Presented by the Museum of the American Revolution
When Women Lost the Vote program is a hybrid online experience: a lecture, a short virtual tour of the museum's newest exhibition of the same name, and brief Q&A.
Millions of American women were granted the right to vote with the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which marks its centennial in 2020. But more than a century earlier, women and free people of color legally held the vote in New Jersey for more than thirty years.
The Museum of the American Revolution will explore the little-known history of the nation’s first women voters and examine the political conflicts that led to their voting rights being stripped away.
Don't miss it! This program is FREE and open to the public. Registration is required at when-women-lost-the-vote.eventbrite.com to receive the Zoom link to attend.