History of Christmas Cards detailed in Thomaston

Jun 20, 2014

Thomaston — The Lady Knox Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution will meet Saturday, June 28, at 10 a.m. in the Carriage Room on the ground floor at Montpelier located on Route 131 in Thomaston for a PowerPoint presentation on the History of Christmas Cards, followed by the regular chapter meeting.

The earliest known example of a Christmas card was designed by a 16-year-old English boy in 1842. Sir Henry Cole is called the "Father of the Christmas Card." He was later famous as a social and educational reformer. In America, an unknown woman employee of Boston’s Louis Prang Company suggested that the company send cards to customers at Christmas with a holiday greeting and by 1876 the idea had become widespread due to exhibits at the Philadelphia Centennial.

This topic will be presented by Ann Thomas, member and registrar of the Koussinoc Chapter NSDAR in Augusta. Thomas is chairman of the DAR Speaker Staff.

The public is invited to the program and anyone interested in DAR may also remain for the chapter meeting. Beverages will be provided; those staying for the morning may wish to bring a bag lunch to eat with DAR members. Parking is in the museum lot found at the east end of the property.

To learn more about Lady Knox Chapter, see our Facebook page. For more information on the National Society of the DAR, please visit the website dar.org.

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