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Christmas on a New England Whaler

December 14 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join us in our tavern for “Christmas on a New England Whaler” led by Dennis Picard!


  • Date & Time: Saturday, December 14, 1:00 pm
  • Details: Talk
  • Location: Stanley-Whitman House
  • Admission: Free

Step into the past this December at Stanley-Whitman House with a captivating program titled “Christmas on a New England Whaler” Scheduled for December 14th, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm, this talk promises to be an enriching experience, led by Dennis D. Picard, a living history expert with four decades of museum expertise.

During this special afternoon, attendees will have the unique opportunity to unravel the authentic and often surprising realities of early New England Christmases. Unlike the common imagery of evergreen trees, garlands, and Santa Claus, the historical actuality of Christmas in this region is both fascinating and unexpected, blending the heritage and spirit of various cultures.

Dennis Picard will share his extensive knowledge and insights in a narrative that promises to be as educational as it is engaging. The setting for this journey into the past is the historic Whitman Tavern, where Dennis will regale attendees with stories at the hearth.

The special program, which includes a 45-minute presentation followed by a 15-minute question and answer session, is not just an educational experience but also a chance to participate in a lively discussion about the historical nuances of the holiday season.

Dennis Picard’s career spans significant roles at institutions like Old Sturbridge Village, Hancock Shaker Village, and Fort Number Four, among others. His background in sociology and museum experience has equipped him with a deep understanding of the lifestyles and folkways of New England, making him an ideal guide for this historical exploration.

The event is free, but donations are greatly appreciated and will be used to support the ongoing programs at Stanley-Whitman House. It’s an excellent opportunity for community members and history enthusiasts to come together and delve into the rich tapestry of New England’s past while supporting the preservation and educational endeavors of Stanley-Whitman House.

Join us for an afternoon that promises to be as enlightening as it is enjoyable as we discover together the real history of Christmas in New England.


In 1935, Stanley-Whitman House was established as Farmington’s first museum. It is a nationally recognized historic house museum and living history center that teaches through the collection, preservation, research, and dynamic interpretation of the history and culture of early Farmington, Connecticut. Programs, events, classes, and exhibits encourage visitors of all ages to immerse themselves in history by doing, acting, questioning, and engaging in colonial life and the ideas that formed the foundation of that culture.

Located in the historic village of Farmington, the museum facility centers on a circa 1720 National Historic Landmark house furnished with period antiques to reflect the everyday activities of Colonial life in Connecticut. Surrounding the house are period-raised bed gardens, an apple orchard, and heritage stone walls.

The public service areas of the museum, constructed in 2004, include a modern classroom, a period tavern room, a post-and-beam Welcome Center, a research library, an exhibit gallery, the Nancy Conklin History Gallery, and a collection storage area.

In addition to managing Memento Mori, Farmington’s ancient cemetery on Main Street, and the Village Green, located at the intersection of Routes 4 and 10, the museum also oversees the Scott Swamp Cemetery on Route 6. The Stanley-Whitman House is supported in part by the Farmington Village Green and Library Association.


At Stanley Whitman House, our commitment to accessibility is paramount. While not all of our programs are free, we strive to offer as many as possible at no cost, thanks to the generous support of our underwriters. If you wish to assist us in this mission, we welcome donations, which help us to expand further and diversify our range of activities. Your contributions play a crucial role in maintaining and increasing the accessibility of our programs.


December 14
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Stanley-Whitman House
37 High Street
Farmington, CT 06032 United States


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