Museum offers multiple events

JASPER — The Dubois County Museum is dressed and ready for December and the holiday season. Make a scheduled stop to see the rooms at the museum all aglow with Christmas trees and bright lights. Over 30 trees are decorated. In Room 3, there are 11 special trees glowing with red, white and blue colors with the theme of “Americana/God Bless America.”

Decorating the trees this year were Memorial Hospital Post-Acute Care, Connie Himsel and Julie Paar, George and Patty Hasenour Family, Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Beta Gamma Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa Teachers’ Sorority, Brookside Village Senior Living Community, St. Anthony American Legion Auxiliary, Northwood Retirement Community, Dubois County Retired Teachers Association, Scenic Hills Care Center and Holland Events Committee. 

Pick up a copy of the scavenger hunt and try to locate 21 items displayed around the museum. A special message will be revealed. Collect a prize at the lobby desk. Pieces of the Kay Smock Santa collection are on display throughout the museum.

The museum will be participating Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1 and 2, in Jasper’s O’Tannenbaum Days. Breakfast with Santa will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. Christmas crafts, activities and visits with Santa will be featured throughout the event; reservations are required.

A violin concert by The Strings Inc. will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. Violin musical entertainment on the log house’s front porch will be presented by Lisa Hoppenjans at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2.

Storytime will take place at 10:30 a.m. in the children’s area. The theme is “Cookies.” Participants will hear stories, make crafts and do fun activities.

A cookie walk will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. Cookies are baked by museum volunteers and members of Alpha Delta Kappa’s Dubois County Chapter Beta Gamma. Cookies and candies will be sold by the pound.

The Dubois County Country Cloggers perform at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9. Refreshments will be served.

The Christmas Lego Train will be featured from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15. Donnie and Lori Richardson will return to the museum with their model train set made entirely of Legos. See their special Christmas features at Christmas. Storytime with the theme, “Trains/Legos,” will be held at 10:30 a.m. Participants will hear stories, make crafts and do activities. A movie will be shown at 12:30 p.m.; free popcorn will be offered. At 12:30 enjoy a Movie with free popcorn. All events will bel held in the log house area.

Blake Buechlein, from Jasper Animal Center, will give a presentation at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16. Buechlein will bring his live assortment of reptiles, including the alligator found in Patoka River a few years ago, and his collection of snakes, lizards and tortoise turtles.

The museum will be closed on Dec. 24, 25, 31 and Jan.  1. The museum volunteers will open the museum for regular hours from Dec. 26 through 30.

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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