Join Us for Clara Silverstein’s Free Virtual Talk:

From Ginger to Jell-O: Unexpected Christmas History

Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 7pm

About the Talk:
The 19th century poem that begins,” ‘Twas the night before Christmas” has given us visions of sugarplums, but in reality, the Puritans banned Christmas in 1659 and celebrations were somewhat muted until Christmas became a Massachusetts holiday in 1856. Our program traces the authentic history of Christmas celebrations in Massachusetts through popular foods of the 1770s, 1850s and 1930s. Leave with recipes to try.

About the Speaker:

CLARA SILVERSTEIN is the Community Engagement Manager at Historic Newton. A former food writer at the Boston Herald, she is also the author of three cookbooks, including the New England Soup Factory Cookbook with chef Marjorie Druker. Clara’s articles about food have appeared in publications including the Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America, Runner’s World, and The Boston Globe. She enjoys researching and recreating American recipes from centuries past and blogging about them at

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Thank you to our sponsor:
Dede Long of Pinnacle Residential Properties.