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Odd Wisconsin Archive

Christmas Dinner in Wisconsin, 1836


As you celebrate your family's traditions this week, consider how the people who lived here before you celebrated theirs. This memoir of pioneer Green Bay recalls how bear, sturgeon, and venision were on the dining room table for Christmas dinner in 1836, with the faces of Indians dressed in their finery pressed to the window. While staid Yankees from New York and New England tried to observe the social graces, the French-Canadian residents kissed on both cheeks everyone they met, rich or poor, in a New Year's greeting. These memoirs by Elizabeth Sellentin originally appeared in the Milwaukee Sentinel in 1896. They are part of our online collection of Local History & Biography Articles.
:: Posted in Curiosities on December 17, 2009
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