In keeping with its 30-year tradition of celebrating children’s literature during the holiday season, the Historic Houses of Odessa are this year celebrating the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.”
In conjunction with the curated exhibit of fantastic holiday vignettes inspired by Carroll’s tale, presented in the period rooms of the 246-year-old Wilson-Warner House, the Historic Odessa Foundation is presenting a series of lectures and events to entertain and delight Alice fans young and old, now through Dec. 31.
Upcoming Alice-inspired lectures and events include:
Dec. 13, 11:30 a.m. “Illustrate Alice”
Sneak into the museum when it is closed to the public and create an illustration directly from the Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Christmas exhibit to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s fantastic book. All art materials will be provided. $15 per person, reservations required.
Dec. 13, 1 p.m. “Children’s Mad Hatter Tea Party”
Don’t be late for this very important date! A children’s afternoon tea party inspired by the foundation’s holiday exhibit, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Kids tour the exhibit, have tea and decorate a Queen of Hearts cookie. Kids are also invited to wear their favorite hats. $5 per person, reservations required.
Dec. 16, 6:30 p.m. “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”
Join Carolyn Vega, Assistant Curator of Literary and Historical Manuscripts at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York as she presents her lecture, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." Vega curated the exhibit "Alice: 150 Years in Wonderland" exhibit at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York City, and her lecture will bring to light the curious history of Wonderland, tracing the origin, publication, and enduring appeal of Lewis Carroll's, classic tale. $15 per person (Members free).
Dec. 17, 3:30 p.m. “Curator Christmas Exhibit Presentation”
Discover the inspiration behind the Christmas exhibit, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, from HOF’s curator who created the festive display, Brian Miller. Learn how the furnishings and decorations were placed in each room vignette to recreate the holiday story. This lecture includes a tour of the exhibit. $15 per person (Members free).
In addition to these events and lectures, the Historic Odessa Foundation also presents its traditional holiday events:
Candlelight Tours: Experience a candlelight tour of the holiday exhibit Dec. 10, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., and a Curator Candlelight Tour on Dec. 17, 7 to 8:30 p.m. $15 per person, reservations required.
Festive Foods/Hearth Cooking Demonstration: Join in the authentic hustle and bustle of 18th century kitchen preparation during the holiday season. Dec. 12, and 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free with cost of admission.
For information on the Historic Odessa Foundation’s Christmas Holiday Tours, call (302) 378-4119, or visit www.historicodessa.org. Admission to the tours is $10 for adults; $8 for groups, seniors, and students; HOF members and children under 6 are free.
The Historic Houses of Odessa are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 4:30 p.m. The houses will be closed Dec. 24 and 25.