Program for Christmas entertainment at (World's) College of Life (a part of the Koreshan Unity) in 1891.
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While the Koreshans had their own "holidays" such as the Lunar and Solar Festivals, they also recognized and celebrated, to an extent, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. After Dr. Teed's death December 22, 1908, these celebrations gradually grew more frequent.
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More Koreshan holiday memories:
(1889) Greeting card from Dr. Cyrus Reed Teed to his friends and disciples.
Christmas card with portrait of Koreshan Rosalie McCready and her cello, c. 1893. Accompanying handwritten note: "A Merry Christmas from Rosalie."
Koreshan group portrait with the Grahams during Christmas. Christmas day, 1943. Note at the right: background is Koreshan Unity president Laurie Bubbett, and foreground is Hedwig Michel.
Group portrait during the Koreshan Unity trailer park Christmas party, Christmas day, 1950. Note partially visible at the far right is Koreshan Unity president Laurie Bubbett and second from right is Hedwig Michel. Man just right of center behind the boy with cowboy hat is Conrad Schlender.
Group portrait of Koreshans on Christmas day, 1953. Standing (L-R): Hedwig Michel, Max Arendt, Genevieve Arendt, C.J. Rahn, and Alfred Christensen. Kneeling: Vesta Newcomb and L.W. Bubbett.
Koreshan Unity Christmas party at their trailer park (now Koreshan State Park Volunteer Village) on the Estero River, Christmas day, 1961.
Koreshan Unity Christmas party at their trailer park on the Estero River, Christmas day, 1961. Building is now the Volunteer Village Rec Hall.