Museum launches Christmas season

JASPER — The public is invited to enjoy the sounds of the season on Sunday, Nov. 25, beginning at 3 p.m. at the Dubois County Museum.

The Singing Seniors from the Arnold F. Habig Community Center will be at the museum and singing Christmas carols to herald in the Christmas season. Refreshments will be served.

Attendees are invited to stroll through the museum to view the wide variety of Christmas trees that the museum volunteers have decorated. The special Festival of Trees are displayed in Room III under the theme of “Americana/God Bless America.” Do not miss the American flag decoration made of toy plastic soldiers, Uncle Sam stuffed figures, bright lights and glowing trees or the aluminum green and red tree in the lobby that was formerly displayed at the Boehm Market in Ireland.

The museum elves also have displayed throughout the museum the collection of Santa figurines gifted to the museum by Kay Smock. What had begun as a love of Christmas, continued for over 25 years for county resident Kay Smock. Christmas was special to Smock and it was made especially precious by the time spent with her grandmother. They would bake Christmas cookies and special Italian holiday foods together. Smock began collecting Santa pieces and would share her love of Christmas with her grandmother. But, finally after 25 years, Smock decided that she didn’t have enough room for this extensive collection. After approaching the museum, the collection has now found a new home.

The collection, numbering over 1,000 pieces (not all on display), was donated to the museum and includes Lenox, Clothtique Santas by Possible Dreams (the oldest being from 1988), Vailliancort Folk Art, Hallmark ornaments, Kurt Adler, Memories of Santa Earthenware started in 1983, Olde World Christmas Ornaments, prints by D. Morgan, Overly-Raker, tins, towels, fabric Santas made by an folk artist from Orleans, porcelain figurines, hand-blown glass ornaments, platters, and bisque items painted by Smock herself.

Special display cases have been filled at the museum with parts of this collection. The Christmas trees and Santa figurines are also in a special scavenger hunt made by the museum staff. Be sure to ask for a copy at the front desk. Candy cane prizes will be awarded to correct entrees. The museum will remain decorated for the season until Jan. 6. 

The museum, at 2704 N. Newton St., is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. The museum is closed Mondays. For more information, call 634-7733 or visit The museum is also on Facebook and Twitter.




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