Exhibit Explores Christmases Past at Dorset Historical Society
The latest show at the Dorset Historical Society (DHS) explores holiday celebrations. Guests will see a number of Christmas trees, from Victorian-style, complete with real candles to a futuristic, 21st-century inflatable model! Another focus is music; learn about the invention of Christmas songs (including the first one dating from the 16th century) and see sheet music, records and music books going from the 1940s to the 1960s. See a classic Christmas-present train set featuring the 0 gauge train, manufactured in the 1920s by Marx and Company, which also made an HO gauge train between 1957 and 1974.
If you’re lucky, you can even taste some of the holiday foods made from recipes unique to Dorset, like one cookie made by the world-famous Aunt Maria’s brand. Eight other goodies from recipes that span more than a century beginning in 1887 may also be available. (All will be, of course, freshly made.)
DHS is home to numerous fascinating details about the Dorset of yesteryear. Its award-winning Marble Room reveals the details on its many local marble quarries, there’s a new textile exhibit on view in the Main Gallery, and the Venetian Red Room features the work of Dorset artists. The second show of Dorset’s National Historic Register of Homes is also on display, plus New England stencil designs and much more.
The Dorset Historical Society’s Bley House Museum, located on Route 30 at Kent Hill Road in Dorset Village, is open Wednesday to Friday, 10 a. m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free. Go to dorsetvthistory.org or call 802-867-0331 for details.