Celebrating New Year’s Day in Ravenswood in the 1870s & 1880s

Happy New Year's! How do you like to celebrate New Year's Day?

According to Helen Zatterberg's Early Days in Ravenswood, Ravenswood residents in the 1870s and 1880s enjoyed hosting open house parties for their neighbors in the village. The open houses started at 10 a.m. and lasted until late in the evening. The women stayed at home and offered refreshments to the men who stopped by and left calling cards with their best wishes for the new year.

Here's a sampling of calling cards from the Ravenswood Lake View Community Collection at the Northside Neighborhood History Collection at Sulzer Regional Library. Which one is your favorite?

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