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Presenter: Johanna Metzgar Brown, Curator of Moravian Decorative Arts, Old Salem Museums & Gardens, Winston-Salem
According to a December 1894 issue of The Wachovia Moravian, “The Moravians know how to keep Christmas [sic].” Many of those Christmas customs, such as Christmas Eve love feasts, date back centuries; others, like candle tea, have been added in recent times to highlight and share Moravian traditions with the community. Brown, a Moravian, herself, will share heartwarming stories of Moravian Christmas celebrations through the centuries and present objects from the Old Salem collection that can teach us about Christmases past.
Brown has a BA in American studies and anthropology from Salem College and an MA in history museum studies from the graduate program in Cooperstown, New York. She began working at Old Salem in 1991 and has served in a variety of curatorial positions there and with the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA). She has written for a variety of publications, lectured on Moravian and Southern material culture, and curated exhibits for the 250th anniversary of Salem’s founding and the Dianne H. Furr Moravian Decorative Arts Gallery at MESDA; she also co-curated the exhibition Art in Clay: Masterworks of North Carolina Earthenware.