In-person and Virtual Programs in December

November 22, 2021

Connect with National Trust Historic Sites from across the country with a selection of in-person and virtual events, exhibitions, and opportunities in December 2021.

Featured Virtual Events

Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House
Space Through Time
Friday, December 3 from 6–7:30 p.m. ET
Free; registration required

How can snapshots of the night sky inform our understanding of historical events? To commemorate NASA’s groundbreaking new mission—the space launch of the James Webb Space Telescope—NASA expert and scientist Shauna Edson will lead a discussion of the history and changes in the night sky over Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House. The presentation will make a few important stops on the historical timeline in the sky and on the ground over the past 250 years.

Drayton Hall
Gullah Spirituals with Author and Musicologist Eric Sean Crawford
December 16 from 5:30–6:30 p.m. ET
Donate What You Can; advance registration required

Musicologist Eric Crawford traces Gullah Geechee songs from their beginnings in West Africa to their height as songs for social change and Black identity in the 20th-century American South. While much has been done to study, preserve, and interpret Gullah culture in the Lowcountry and sea islands of South Carolina and Georgia, some traditions like the shouting and rowing songs have been all but forgotten. This work, which focuses primarily on South Carolina’s St. Helena Island, illuminates the remarkable history, survival, and influence of spirituals since the earliest recordings in the 1860s.

Other Virtual Events

Decatur House/White House Historical Association
History Happy Hour: Publishing ‘Madeline at the White House’
Thursday, December 2 at 5:30 p.m. ET
Free to attend; registration required

Teacher Professional Development (K-12): Out of Paw-ffice—White House Pets
Thursday, December 2 at 7 p.m. ET
Free; registration required by November 29

White House History Live: Lafayette—A Hero of Two Worlds
Tuesday, December 7 at 5 p.m. ET
Free Facebook Livestream

Drayton Hall
Drayton Hall Webinar: Charles Drayton and the Scottish Enlightenment
Thursday, December 2 from 5–6 p.m. ET
Donate What You Can; advance registration required

Featured Onsite Events

Decatur House/White House Historical Association
Holiday Book Festival Week
Monday, November 29–Friday, December 3; noon–2 p.m. daily
Free to attend; books available for purchase

For nearly sixty years, the White House Historical Association has produced award-winning books on a wide range of subjects related to the history of the President’s House, from its architecture, gardens, and fine and decorative arts to the presidents and first ladies who lived there over the years. Our list includes titles that will appeal to history buffs and art lovers, connoisseurs and curious amateurs, scholars and tourists, adults and children. Drop by the Decatur House for the Holiday Book Festival Week to meet different authors each day, who will be available to sign copies of their award-winning books. The daily book signings will take place in the Carriage House at 1610 H Street, adjacent to the White House History Shop where a full range of White House-inspired gifts are available.

Brucemore in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Art at Brucemore: Glass Tree Workshop
Sunday, December 5 at 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.
$35 per person

Celebrate the beauty of Brucemore and embrace your creativity! The Iowa Ceramics Center provides instruction for each visitor to create their very own glass Christmas tree. All materials are provided to create this special keepsake for you to keep as a lasting memory or gift to someone special. Visitors are encouraged to explore the Brucemore Visitor Center exhibits or the grounds for free before or after the event.

Other Onsite Events

Brucemore in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
A Brucemore Christmas (Self-Guided Tour)
Thursdays through Sundays throughout December
$10 per adult ticket; $5 per youth ticket

Holiday Nights at Brucemore (Extended Self-Guided Tour)
Thursday and Sunday evenings, December 2, 5, 9, and 16
$15 per adult ticket; $10 per youth ticket

Art at Brucemore: Clay Tree Workshop
Saturday, December 18 at 1 p.m. CT
$30 per person

Cooper Molera Adobe in Monterey, California

37th Annual Christmas in the Adobes
Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11 from 5–9 p.m. ET
$25 adult ticket; $2 youth ticket; Free under 5

Drayton Hall in Charleston, South Carolina
Candlelight Tours of Drayton Hall
Fridays and Saturdays, December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, from 6–7 p.m. ET
$45; advance registration required

Drayton Hall’s 38th Annual African American Spirituals Concert
Sunday, December 12 from 3:30–4:30 p.m. ET
$75; advance registration required

The Edith Farnsworth House in Plano, Illinois
Edith Farnsworth Holiday House Tours
Fridays–Sunday through December 19
$25 per ticket; $12.50 for members of the military

Filoli in Woodside, California
Holidays at Filoli: All is Calm, All is Bright
November 20, 2021–January 2, 2022, every day from 10 a.m.–8 p.m. PT
Admission starting at $28 adults; $15 children; under 5 years old free

Kykuit/The Pocantico Center in Tarrytown, New York
Composers Now Salon with Composer Seong Ae Kim and Artist Andre Veloux
Friday, December 3 from 2–3:30 p.m. ET
$16.50 per ticket

Alexis Cuadrado and Cuarteto de Palabras
Thursday, December 9 from 6:30–8:030 p.m. ET
$16.50 per ticket

President Wilson House in Washington, D.C.
Presidential Playground Walking Tour and Vintage Game Night
Wednesday, December 1 from 5:30–8:30 p.m. ET
$35 per ticket

All National Trust Historic Sites are open! We encourage you to check directly with each site for up-to-date information on available activities, ticketing, and guidelines if you are planning a visit.

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