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UPCOMING SOCIETY EVENTS
SOCIETY DISPLAY CASE
2018 WINTER Exhibit
HISTORY OF SNOWMEN AND WHERE DID THEY COME FROM
Snowmen, long the symbol of winter, but where did they come from? The earliest documented snowman was found in an illuminated manuscript dated 1380. In 1494 Michelangelo was commissioned to sculpt a snowman for the ruler of Florence, Italy.
The Miracle of 1511 took place during six weeks of sub-zero temperature called the Winter of Death. The city of Brussels was covered with snowmen-a spectacular tableaux that told stories on every street corner. Some were political in nature and other X-rated. For the people of Brussels this was a defining artist moment, their Woodstock.
Every year since 1818 the people of Zurich, Switzerland celebrate the beginning spring by building a large snowman of cotton called Boogg, stuffing it with dynamite. The snowman is paraded through the town by bakers, blacksmiths and other tradesmen who throw bread and sausages to the crowds. The snowman is the placed on a 40 foot pile of scrap wood. After the bells of the church of St.Peter have chimed six times, representing the passing of winter, the pile is lit. When the snowman explodes, winter is considered officially over.
In 1690, Ft. Schenectady in what is now New York, was under threat of attack. The soldiers who were guarding the gates and suffering from the extreme cold left 2 snowmen in their place to protect the town. A contingent of 210 French soldiers and Native Americans invaded the fort and killed 60 villagers.
Frosty The Snowman is the descendant of these frozen ancestors. The song appeared in 1950 as a hit for Gene Autry, a short cartoon in 1954 finally the 1969 Jimmy Durante-voiced cartoon.
If we get a moist snow this winter, try your hand at creating your “Frosty”.