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February 29, 2020
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Caroline Martin Mitchell Mansion
Naperville, IL 60540
Free for Naper Settlement Members
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Leap Year Open House

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Explore the Caroline Martin Mitchell Mansion and learn the history of Leap Year
Naper Settlement members are invited to this exclusive open house!

Learn about the legacy of Caroline Martin Mitchell as you explore her family home. Costumed interpreters will share the history of the Martin Mitchell family and the popular Leap Year Party tradition. Naper Settlement members will be the first to experience "Carrie's Gift," a new room dedicated to telling the story of Caroline Martin Mitchell and her extraordinary gift to Naperville. 

About Leap Year Parties
Traditional Leap Year parties were chances for unmarried women to buck convention and approach unmarried men. There have been manifestations of this practice in Great Britain dating back hundreds of years. The Martin family, whom emigrated from Scotland, honored this tradition with a role-reversal dance in which women ask men (later called Sadie Hawkins) on Leap Year in the late 1800s.