Thursday, December 6th | 6:30pm-8:00pm | History Happy Hour: Christmas with the Donner Party
“Children, eat slowly,” spoke Margret Reed as she stirred a pot of bubbling soup for her starving sons and daughters, “for this one day you may have all that you wish.” On this Christmas Day in 1846, Reed and other members of the Donner Party – a group of pioneers who infamously resorted to cannibalism after becoming trapped in the Sierra Nevada – prayed to God for the end of their gnawing hunger. This class explores the story of their journey westward and winter entrapment in the mountains, with a special focus on how they spent Christmas…and what they ate for dinner.
Please note: The cost of this class not only includes all of your class supplies but also one happy hour drink, or a non-alcoholic drink, of your choice. Drinks and mingling will take place from 6:30pm-7:00pm and the class itself will run from 7:00pm-8:00pm.Class location: Class will take place at Nox located at 302 Goodman St N, Rochester, NY 14607. Click here for directions. About the teacher:Maya Rook is a historian, artist, and writer living in Rochester, NY. She holds an MA in American History from the University at Albany and specializes in the dark, often absurd, aspects of history. As a college instructor and public speaker, Maya strives to blend critical insight with humor and empathy in her investigations of the past. She has visited the site of the Donner Party camps in northern California three times and was the keynote speaker at the annual Donner Party Hike’s luncheon in 2015.
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