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Customs and Cultures

Programs that cover a wide range of subjects.

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Dining at Downton: A Trial by Fork

Ever wonder what Carson knows about setting the table or what recipes Mrs. Patmore’s menu book contains? Explore the complexities of a Downton Abbey dinner.

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Life In Service at Downton Abbey

Enter the world behind the baize door at Downton Abbey and learn about the people who kept the great houses running, from Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes, who commanded the world downstairs, all the way down to Daisy, the lowly kitchen maid.

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I Do: Marriage Customs Through the Ages

The simple stealing of women to get a mate eventually evolved into the often complex rituals of marriage. Walk down the wedding aisle and learn where many of our most-cherished customs originated.

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A Pioneer Christmas:

Traditions Across America

Ever wonder where some of our Christmas traditions come from? In the spirit of Little House on the Prairie, explore the Christmas traditions the pioneers brought with them during the time of the great westward expansion.

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Heroes in the Sky: Greek Myths of the Constellations

Take an adventure through the heavens as Tames brings to life the stories of how the heroes of Ancient Greece became immortalized in the constellations we view today.

What Do the Simple Folk Do?

“What do the simple folk do?” was once asked in Camelot. The answer: They sing and dance for pleasure. This is a participatory program for all ages, where the singing of rousing rounds and dancing a simple English country dance combined with historical fact and storytelling give an experience of how the common folk entertained themselves throughout most of history.


Ceremony, Competition, and Celebration: The Olympics in Ancient Greece

Want to know what it was like to train for the ancient Olympics, what the opening ceremonies were like, or how the ancient Greeks celebrated their victorious athletes? Tames takes you on a guided tour behind the scenes of the Olympic Games in ancient Greece.

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