Experience the spirit of the holiday season in an American home during the 1930’s at Home for the Holidays: A 1930’s Christmas at the Hermitage.
Forever associated with the Great Depression and the insecurity, uncertainty, deprivation and fear that prevailed, this was yet a decade where wonderful things still happened. From important developments in technology, the arts and fashion to the birth of the Golden Era of Hollywood and cinema glamour – where films provided a world of fantasy to escape to – the 1930’s had its very bright spots.
On the home front though, many families struggled to make ends meet and put food on the table. While some were more apt to mend or repair existing clothing or make their own from scratch, they still made every effort to keep up with fashion that was indeed changing.
With all the limitations of the times, the 1930’s is known and admired today for fabulous, elegant and glamorous styles in fashion, décor and design.
At Home for the Holidays: A 1930’s Christmas at the Hermitage holiday display, the visitor will get a sense of how an upper middle class family might have celebrated the season amidst unsettling times – through mannequins dressed in clothing from its collection, objects, signage, visual displays and interactive devices – all in rooms decorated to maintain holiday cheer!
Tours run November 17, 2018-January 2019, Wednesdays through Sundays at 1:15 pm, 2:15 pm and 3:15 pm. For admission fees and other event information, visit thehermitage.org.
The Hermitage Museum is located minutes from Routes 17 and 208, at 335 Franklin Turnpike, Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey.