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Historic Holiday Traditions at the Old Courthouse


This holiday season, the Old Courthouse rotunda will be decked in authentic Victorian décor in celebration of its free series, Historic Holiday Traditions at the Old Courthouse. Guests are invited to experience music and dancing from significant eras in St. Louis' history and see the Old Courthouse truly sparkle for the most wonderful time of the year.

"Historic Holiday Traditions at the Old Courthouse is a true celebration of St. Louis' history," said Ann Honious, Chief, Museum Services and Interpretation, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. "It's a time for guests to really experience the season as St. Louisans did hundreds of years ago with music, dancing  and food from the 1700s and 1800s."

At each Historic Holiday Traditions event, volunteers in period clothing will assist visitors in discovering how early St. Louisans celebrated the holiday season. Guests will learn about foods common to St. Louis holiday dinner tables during the particular celebrated era, along with specialty music and dancing. In addition, on Wednesdays throughout the season the Old Courthouse will host the Historic Holiday Traditions free concert series, featuring lunchtime performances from local bands and choirs. Reservations are not required. This series is free and open to the public.

WHERE: Old Courthouse

11 North Fourth Street

St. Louis, MO 63102

COST: FREE and open to the public.

CONTACT: Visit www.gatewayarch.com or call 1-877-982-1410 for more information.

Schedule of Events

Saturday, November 30

Historic Holiday Traditions at the Old Courthouse Free Concert Series

  • 12 pm: Performance by St. Louis Irish Arts
  • 1 pm: Performance by Clayton Strings

Wednesday, December 4

Historic Holiday Traditions at the Old Courthouse Free Concert Series

  • 12 pm: Concert by Mehlville High School Madrigals Ensemble

Saturday, December 7

1763 St. Louis Holiday at the Old Courthouse

  • 12 pm: French holiday music concert by Sperreng and Truman Middle School Fiddlers
  • 1 pm:  Performance by The Peacocks, with dancing

Experience Christmas from 1763!  Deborah Hyland will provide dance instruction to the most popular dances of the mid 18th century. Food historian Suzanne Corbett will present treats common to St. Louis dinner tables during the 1763 holiday season.

Wednesday, December 11

Historic Holiday Traditions at the Old Courthouse Free Concert Series

  • 12 pm: Performance by the St. Peters School Choir

Saturday, December 14

1813 St. Louis Holiday at the Old Courthouse

  • 12 pm: La Pettis Chanteurs perform French holiday music popular to the early settlers of St. Louis
  • 1 pm: Performance by the Booneslick Strings, with dancing

Experience Christmas from 1813! Deborah Hyland will provide dance instruction the most popular dances of the early 19th century. Food historian Suzanne Corbett will present a display of treats from recipes common to St. Louis dinner tables during the 1813 holiday season.

Wednesday, December 18

Historic Holiday Traditions at the Old Courthouse Free Concert Series

  • 12 pm: Performance Mr. Pitts Cabaret Chamber Group

Saturday, December 21

1863 St Louis Holiday Ball at the Old Courthouse

  • 9 to 11am: Dance workshop featuring 1863's most popular dance steps
  • 12 pm: Independent Silver Band, with dancing

Experience Christmas from 1863!  Deborah Hyland will provide dance instruction to the most popular dances of the mid 19th century in a special dance workshop.

Saturday, January 4

1764 Twelfth Afternoon Ball at the Old Courthouse

  • 12 pm: Dennis Stroughmatt et L'Esprit Creole concert feature popular French holiday music of the early St. Louis settlers
  • 1 pm: Dancing, King Cakes and refreshments.

For the series' final day, Deborah Hyland will once again teach the most popular dances of the mid 18th century. Food Historian Suzanne Corbett will present treats common to St. Louis dinner tables during the 1764 holiday season. King's Cake will be also served, and the King and Queen of Mardi Gras will be crowned.

ABOUT:

Saturday, December 21, 2013
12:00 PM
 - 
4:00 PM

Cost:
Free

Categories:

Location:  
 
Old Courthouse
11 N. Fourth Street
St. Louis, MO 63102
USA

Event Contact Info
National Park Service
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Phone:
 1-877-982-1410 
Website:
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