Guests gathered at the Rye Free Reading Room on Dec. 20 to make vintage Christmas cards, a holiday-themed historical craft project that served as the culmination of the library’s centennial celebration.
Rye Historical Society education curator Jennifer Plick laid out a selection of materials to make authentic retro cards that illustrated how Rye homes used to decorate for the holidays in the early 1900s, around the time the library building was constructed on the village green.
The centennial celebration of the library’s construction on the green ran throughout 2013 and had included numerous events such as a family celebration on the green, which featured a petting zoo and musical entertainment, and an educational, hometown history week project for teens that counted toward community service credits required for college, said Rye’s librarian for teens Bettyjane Surabian.For Friday’s craft, Plick provided facsimile vintage portraits and stickers from vintage ornament website 32 Degrees North, as well as traditional crafting implements like glitter, ribbons and decals.
“These are typically what people would be hanging on their tree in the 1900s,” she said.
The library conducts various craft workshops in concert with the historical society, usually on Saturday afternoons, Plick said. She has been the education curator at the Square House Museum for eight years.
The historical society’s craft workshops will continue into the spring. Another recent cent-ennial-themed class featured local writer and teacher Maureen Amaturo, who taught visitors how to create authentic fashion dress designs from the 1910s.
The Rye Historical Society was founded in 1964 by citizens who came together to restore the Square House, an 18th-century inn, which twice housed President George Washington. The Square House is located on the village green right next to the library. The building the group now uses as a museum and as headquarters for putting on community events, historical tours and educational programs throughout the year.
Upcoming is a party at The Osborn retirement community to celebrate the premiere of the fourth season of the popular PBS British historical drama “Dowton Abbey.” Plick said the event will feature historic costumes from the show’s post-Edwardian era
-Reporting by Liz Button