• DECEMBER 14, 2020 - JANUARY 15, 2021
  • Online, Spokane
  • December 14, 2020 to
    January 15, 2021
  • Category: Art & Museum Exhibits

Event Details

  • December 14, 2020 to
    January 15, 2021
  • 12:00 am - 11:30 pm
  • Free

Venue

Event Description

A Christmas Classic: Bing, Berlin, and the Story of "White Christmas"

“A Christmas Classic: Bing, Berlin, and the Story of ‘White Christmas’” is a new digital history exhibit produced by Ray Rast (Gonzaga University Associate Professor of History) and a team of Gonzaga students. The exhibit explores the history behind the best-selling Christmas song of all time, the hard-working Jewish immigrant who wrote it, and the Irish Catholic crooner who made it a hit.

The exhibit also explores the trajectory of the Christmas tradition in America, showing how “White Christmas” helped make the holiday season more commercialized but also more inclusive — and thus more American.

The exhibit reminds us that “White Christmas,” released amidst the turmoil of World War II, blended a longing for the past with "dreams" of a brighter future. The song resonated with millions of Americans who were separated from their loved ones during the war years — many of them for the first time.

As Christmas approaches at the end of this difficult year, the song retains a poignant timeliness.

Visit the exhibit at https://achristmasclassic.org.

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