Friday, December 15, 2017

Museum by Christmas and Candlelight this Friday!

This popular tradition began in the early years of the museum and has grown each year! On December 15th from 5:30 till 8:30 in the evening the museum will be bathed in Christmas lights and the soft flicker of candles to illuminate the beautiful displays and artifacts.

While we agree it’s not the best way to see all our displays, it is a unique way to view things from a new prospective.

Various rooms will have costumed interpreters to share stories from our past. While many displays harken to the late 1800’s this year’s theme comes from the early 1930’s and the Great Depression. Our Service Station display has a car ready for a few cents of gas and loaded with what few Christmas supplies could be afforded.

Other rooms reflect a nostalgic remembrance of Martin’s Department Store’s “Toy Land”. This room is laden with toys for good girls and boys from the 1940’s to the 1980’s. Even Santa is there in “spirit” to recall those fond days gone by.

Of course, at this festive time of year, a stop in the Church Room to remember the “reason for the season” is a must.

What were the shoppers buying for Christmas in the 1890’s? A stop at our Mercantile Room will show what our storekeeper, A. Huffman has in stock for the season.

Cookies hot from the 1900 gas oven, in our 1900 kitchen along with tree trimming is just what you might expect on a night before Christmas and is a special delight as well.

School might be out for the Christmas Recess but the classrooms are still trimmed from their last day party.

A solemn stop on your journey is our Military Room recalling the service and loss to our communities by war and those who were not at home for Christmas.

Dressed interpreters will be found in many rooms to share our story of Christmas past and maybe give some young visitors a glimpse of what Christmas was like 50, 100, or 150 years ago!

This is a night for the whole family whether you are from the Versailles area or not to come together and savor and celebrate this special season! We look forward to welcoming you!

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