Nov 20, 2012

Museum open with Christmas displays

VERSAILLES – The Versailles Area Historical Society will open the Museum at Versailles on Nov. 25, 1-4 p.m., to kick off the brand new displays for the season.

The new display is “Rock-in Around the Christmas Tree... a Tribute the Christmas in the 50’s.”

This wonderful display features flash back memories to the home of Beaver Cleaver, or Ricky Nelson, or perhaps Dezi and Lucy. Come see what’s under their aluminum tree or perhaps you would rather visit Martin’s Toy Land and ermines about John Heiby who wore a special suit for many local youth. Maybe you remember special decorations from your youth? Thanks to Norma and Tom Parin there is a Santa collection that will bring back a flood of memories. Do you remember the lifelike Santa that spent Christmas in numerous downtown windows? That Santa most notably was at Reed Brother Men’s Clothing (later Garrison’s) and The Fashion Shop, owned by the late Leona Weaver.

If Christmas in the 50’s (that’s 1850’s) is more your style, the Christmas tree decorations from the St. Peter’s country church are adorning the tree in the “Church Room” and beautiful Victorian tree ornaments are in a new display, called “Sit-a-spell” remembering the “Parlor.”

Plus, cases of wonderful toys through the years are featured.

Also holiday touches throughout are sure to delight guests.

There will be tours available and as always there is no charge, but donations are always welcome.

Coming on Sunday, Dec. 9, in addition to regular hours the museum will host St. Nicholas at 2 p.m. The Bishop will share the story that has been passed down to generations and he will bring treats for the young as well.

If you have a group or a civic group who would like to book a special private holiday tour, contact Deb Pohl, president, or Jim Kelch, trustee, or by leaving a message at the museum, 526-4222, and they will get back with you.

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