Zwaanendael Museum offers holiday-themed heritage events

Hospitality Night Nov. 29 features Tomte, the Swedish elf
November 18, 2012
An illustration from the 1500s shows Tomte, the Swedish Christmas elf. SOURCE SUBMITTED

During November and December, the museums and historic properties of the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs will be hosting a wide variety of programs that explore how the winter holidays were celebrated historically by Delaware’s people, including traditions practiced by the state’s earliest Colonial settlers, the Dutch and Swedes. Most programs are free and open to the public. For information about statewide events, call 302-744-5055.

Local programs include the Zwaanendael Museum's Hospitality Night from 6 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 29. The Swedish holiday-themed program features Ellie Leuliett, who will share her Swedish holiday décor collection; Tomte, the Swedish Christmas elf who gives treats to good children; plus seasonal refreshments. A tour of the museum follows from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1. Call 302-645-1148 for information.

The Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs is an agency of the state of Delaware. The division enhances Delaware’s quality of life by preserving the state’s unique historical heritage, fostering community stability and economic vitality and providing educational programs and assistance to the general public on Delaware history and heritage. Primary funding for division programs and services is provided by annual appropriations from the Delaware General Assembly and grants from the National Park Service, a federal agency.


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