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Dr. John Bing presents: Tiffin-December 22, 1870

December 9, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Dim the lights, there is no electricity, only the orange flame of gas.  In Tiffin homes and on the streets of 1870, people gather and talk about the controversy    over Lee's Arlington estate, the latest bit of humor from Mark Twain and the superiority of Tiffin over Fremont.

Come with us on Thursday, the 9th of December and visit Tiffin on the eve of Christmas. Shop for practical goods in the shops and wonder about the value of  Professor Woods Restorative Cordial.

At 7:00 in the Seneca County Museum, Dr Bing, Emeritus Professor at Heidelberg University, will share the news of the Christmas season as of December  22nd, 1870 and discuss similarities and differences then and now.

One day in another world. The town of Tiffin is growing, business is thriving.  The people are eager to learn new skills and concerned about the pace of  change.  They travel in self-driving carriages (the horses know the way) and warn each other about the dangers of new remedies, while sampling cures for  various ailments.

And how are they celebrating Christmas?  Is this weekend the culmination of a shopping frenzy that began even before Thanksgiving?  What are the  Christmas specials in the shops, the new finery in the stores?   Where does one get fresh oysters and toast the coming new year with Cincinnati Ale?   Tiffin in 1870, one hundred and fifty years ago,------ the seeds of the future being planted and an old way of life passing on.

The program is fee and will be held in the Fort Ball Room in the Seneca County Museum, 28 Clay St.  Attendees will be able to tour the first floor of the  Musuem and the gift shop will be open.




December 9, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


The Barnes-Deinzer Seneca County Museum Foundation
Seneca County Museum


Seneca County Ohio Museum
28 Clay St.
Tiffin, OH 44883 United States
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