Book Excerpt: Moravian Christmas in the South, by Nancy Smith Thomas

Early appearances of the Christmas tree in America. Continue Reading Book Excerpt: Moravian Christmas in the South, by Nancy Smith Thomas

How Christmas in Germany will forever change my understanding of The Nutcracker

Joe Perry’s Christmas in Germany and Nancy Smith Thomas’ Moravian Christmas in the South provide insight into Christmas customs and traditions. Continue Reading How Christmas in Germany will forever change my understanding of The Nutcracker

Scott Rohrer on Ancestral Migrations

We welcome a guest post today from S. Scott Rohrer, author of Wandering Souls: Protestant Migrations in America, 1630-1865. Popular literature and frontier studies stress that Americans moved west to farm or to seek a new beginning. In Wandering Souls, Rohrer argues that Protestant migrants in early America relocated in search of salvation, Christian community,… Continue Reading Scott Rohrer on Ancestral Migrations