Germantown: Local museum explores Germantown’s Christmas past

The Woodmere's own decorations added to the festive cheer.
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The exhibit is the result of a collaboration between the Woodmere Art Museum and the Germantown Historical Society.

Saturday, Nov. 23 marked the official unveiling of the Woodmere Art Museum’s newest exhibition, entitled “A Christmas Past in the Pennsylvania German Tradition.” The exhibit joins four others currently on display, just in time for the holiday season.

“A Christmas Past” is intended to shed light upon the Christmas traditions of the early German settlers of the Philadelphia area, particularly in the Germantown section of the city. Old-fashioned, 19th century holiday decorations and children’s toys, including an elaborate ark with a pair of each animal, were all on loan to the museum from the collection of the Germantown Historical Society.

The two organizations, both located on Germantown Avenue but seemingly serve two different neighborhoods, came together to collaborate for this project.

The exhibit is open to the public from now until Jan. 5, 2014.

The Woodmere's own decorations added to the festive cheer.
The Woodmere’s own decorations added to the festive cheer.

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