Museum Celebrates Christmas Of Yesteryear: 50 Years Of The 20th Century

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UNION — Celebrate this holiday season in historic fashion with Liberty Hall Museum’s 50 Years of the 20th Century tour. During the month of December, Liberty Hall will transform the first floor of the museum into a time machine where visitors will journey through five rooms to discover the decorative styles of bygone eras.

Begin your tour in the 1910s where guests discover holiday traditions of the Edwardian period. Proceed to the 1920s to hear about prohibition and learn to dance the Charleston. In the 1930s, radio was sweeping the nation. Step back in time and enjoy the nostalgia created by classic radio programs and Christmas specials of the past. Enter the 1940s as Liberty Hall staff magically recreates life on the home front during World War II. Finally, end your tour in the 1950s where visitors learn how the ever-popular television transformed the holiday season for years to come.

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Also in December, experience the art of Victorian hospitality and dining with a decadent five-course meal at the special holiday Victorian Luncheon on Saturday, December 19, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Guests will enjoy festive food, wine and music as they dine in the Great Hall beside the Liberty Hall Christmas tree, the centerpiece of the lavish holiday decorations.

Served by staff dressed in traditional Victorian clothing, each course is prepared and introduced by Liberty Hall’s gourmet chef and is paired with a carefully chosen wine. Liberty Hall’s own sommelier will discuss the selection of wines and explain the pairing process. Cost is $80 per person, formal attire suggested. Reservations are required. Seating is limited.

Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University chronicles more than 200 years of American history. Built in 1772 by William Livingston, New Jersey’s first elected governor, the Victorian-style mansion is a treasure trove of historic riches. With forgotten letters from Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin, Liberty Hall also houses extensive collections of antique furniture, ceramics, textiles, toys and tools owned by seven generations of the Livingston and Kean families. The Firehouse is the latest addition to the Museum’s complex housing two antique fire engines and a collection of fire memorabilia.

Liberty Hall is located at 1003 Morris Avenue in Union, New Jersey. The museum is open to the public Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m. Visitors are invited to shop at the museum store for the holidays during regular business hours. For more information or to make reservations, call 1-908-527-0400, e-mail libertyhall@kean.edu or visit www.kean.edu/libertyhall.


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