Old Home Week
Old Home Week or Old Home Day is a practice that originated in the New England region of the United States similar to a harvest holiday or festival. In its beginning in the 19th–20th century it involved a municipal effort to invite former residents of a village, town, or city—usually individuals who grew up in the municipality as children and moved elsewhere in adulthood—to visit the "Old Home", the parental household and home town. Some municipalities celebrate the holiday annually, while others celebrate it every few years.
In the late 20th and early 21st century, the practice has spread to other parts of North America and has become a broader celebration with an emphasis on local culture and history. From the Wilmington, Vermont town web site:
|“||Old Home Week is a town event held every 10 years. It is best described as a town reunion, a celebration of Wilmington's citizens, past, present and future, and a honoring of its history. Events traditionally include a parade, a town dinner, class and family reunions and tours of local points of interest.
…Old Home Week is a decennial celebration and gathering of friends and acquaintances, all sharing the common experience of having resided and/or attended school, in Wilmington. It is also a celebration for all those who now live in and love their town. Nobody is an outsider during Old Home Week.
- Annals of Old Home Week 1901, for Pittsfield, New Hampshire
- Galluzzo, John (2006). The Golden Age of Hull: Old Home Week, Neighbors and Gala Days. The History Press. ISBN 1-59629-108-7.
- Old Home Week a 1907 poem by James Ball Naylor with illustrations and photographs of Boston expressing the sentiments of Old Home Week
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