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Old Home Holiday Memories : Christmas 2014

We have "decked the halls" to recapture the magic and wonder of your childhood Christmas memories. Self-guided tours through the Museum, special events, and an "immersive experience" remembering the residents of the former County Poor House.

Photo opportunities on the grounds of the Historical Center!

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2014 Old Home Holiday Memories : Christmas Tour - check back as we add new events!
December 6 - December 19
$5 admission for adults, $1 for children

DECEMBER DATE TIME SPECIAL EVENTS
Fri. Dec. 5 6-8pm Holiday Gala Event [details]
TOUR BEGINS
Sat. Dec. 6
Tour: 1-4pm Visit with Santa 1-4 PM
Railroad Display
1-4 PM
Kids Crafts & Scavenger Hunt 1-4 PM
Live Music: Tom Gorman 1-2 PM
Live Music: Root Cellar String Band 2-4 PM
Steele/Yohe Family Xmas Rental 1-4 PM
Sun. Dec. 7 Tour: 1-4pm

Railroad Display 1-4 PM
Kids Crafts & Scavenger Hunt 1-4 PM
Live Music: Back Porch Dulcimers 1-4 PM

Mon. Dec. 8 Tour: 10am-5pm  
Tue. Dec. 9 Tour: 10am-5pm Black Swamp Spinners Meeting 10 AM-3 PM
Wed. Dec. 10 Tour: 10am-8pm Christ United Methodist Room Rental 5-8:30 PM
Thurs. Dec. 11 Tour: 10am-8pm

Christmas Tea @ 2 PM
Live Music: Toraigh an Sonas Celtic Ensemble 6-8 PM
Kids Crafts & Scavenger Hunt 6-8 PM
WCHS Board Meeting 6-7 PM

Fri. Dec. 12 Tour: 10am-8pm

Railroad Display 6-8 PM
Kids Crafts & Scavenger Hunt 6-8 PM
Civil War Christmas at Log Cabin 6-8 PM
Live Music: A Joyful Noise 6-8 PM

Sat. Dec. 13 Tour: 1-4pm Visit with Santa 1-4 PM
Railroad Display
1-4 PM
Kids Crafts & Scavenger Hunt 1-4 PM
Civil War Christmas at Log Cabin 1-4 PM

Sun. Dec. 14

Tour: 1-4pm

Railroad Display 1-4 PM
Kids Crafts & Scavenger Hunt 1-4 PM
Civil War Christmas at Log Cabin 1-4 PM
Live Music: Grande Royale Ukulelists of the Black Swamp (GRUBS) 2-4 PM

Mon. Dec. 15 Tour: 10am-5pm  
Tue. Dec. 16 Tour: 10am-5pm  
Wed. Dec. 17 Tour: 10am-5pm  
Thurs. Dec. 18 Tour: 10am-8pm

Christmas Tea @ 2 PM
Railroad Display 6-8 PM
Kids Crafts & Scavenger Hunt 6-8 PM
Storytelling in Log Cabin 6-8 PM

Fri. Dec. 19 Tour: 10am-8pm Visit with Santa 6-8 PM
Railroad Display 6-8 PM
Kids Crafts & Scavenger Hunt 6-8 PM
Storytelling in Log Cabin 6-8 PM

Schedule a group tour for parties of 10 or more. Call 419-352-0967 for details.

 

Special Activities

   
Holiday Gala Event
Holiday Gala Event
Start the season in a sparkle at the Gala! Light grazing with menus from the Historica Society's collection, champagne, and an immersive experince to remember the residents of the County Infirmary. RSVP for this special evening 419-352-0967 $20/person.

Museum
Friday, Dec. 5
6-8 PM
[more about the Gala]

   
Christmas Teas
Christmas Teas
Enjoy a special menu of holiday teas and goodies, live holiday music, and self-guided tours of the beautifully-decorated Museum. $12/adult, $10 WCHS member, $3/child.

Museum
Dec. 11 at 2 PM
[make a reservation]

Dec. 18 at 2 PM
[make a reservation]

     
Zalka Csenge Virág, storyteller

Storytelling
Nationally-renowned storyteller and author, Csenge Virág Zalka, will tell multicultural holiday folktales in the Log Cabin. Sessions are 6:00-6:40 and 7:00-7:40 and will include five stories at each session. Visitors can come and go between stories.

Csenge Virág Zalka is a professional storyteller and author from Hungary. She earned her second master's degree as a Fulbright student in Storytelling from East Tennessee State University, and is currently working on her PhD at BGSU. In-between semesters she travels across the world, telling tales in three languages to audiences of all ages. Her first book in English, titled Tales of Superhuman Powers (a collection of folktales featuring superpowers), was published in 2013 [more]

 

Log Cabin
Thursday, Dec. 18
Friday, Dec. 19

6:00-6:40 and 7:00-7:40 each evening.

   
Civl War-era Reenactments
Civil War Christmas
Costumed interpreters will reenact a Civil War-era Christmas Eve and Christmas Day celebration with holiday activities and customs.

Log Cabin
Friday, Dec. 12, 6-8 PM
Saturday, Dec. 13, 1-4
Sunday, Dec. 14, 1-4

   
Immersive Experience
A special “immersive experience” lets you walk in the steps of Infirmary residents at Christmastime.

Museum
Open during regular tour hours.

   
Civl War-era Reenactments
Visit with Santa
Bring your own camera and snap a classic photo with Santa.

Museum
Saturday, Dec. 6, 1-4
Saturday, Dec. 13, 1-4
Fri. Dec. 19, 6-8 PM

   
Working Railroad Display
Working Railroad Display
All aboard the Polar Express! Meet the conductor from the Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation Association and watch the trains run.

Museum
Sat. Dec. 6, 1-4 PM
Sun. Dec. 7, 1-4 PM
Fr. Dec. 12, 6-8 PM
Sat. Dec. 13, 1-4 PM
Sun. Dec. 14, 1-4 PM
Th. Dec. 18, 6-8 PM
Fr. Dec. 19, 6-8 PM

   
Kids Crafts & Scavenger Hunt
Kids Crafts and Scavenger Hunt
Make-n-take holiday kids crafts and a fun scavenger hunt for the whole family.

Museum
Sat. Dec. 6, 1-4 PM
Sun. Dec. 7, 1-4 PM
Th. Dec. 11, 6-8 PM
Fr. Dec. 12, 6-8 PM
Sat. Dec. 13, 1-4 PM
Sun. Dec. 14, 1-4 PM
Th. Dec. 18, 6-8 PM
Fr. Dec. 19, 6-8 PM

   
Jumbo Christmas Cards
Live Music
Live music from local groups and musicians adds to the holiday cheer.

Museum
Tom Gorman - Sat. Dec. 6, 1-2 PM

Root Cellar String Band - Sat. Dec. 6, 2-4 PM
Back Porch Dulcimers - Sun. Dec. 7, 1-4 PM
Toraigh an Sonas Celtic Ensemble - Th. Dec. 11, 6-8 PM

A Joyful Noise - Fri. Dec. 12, 6-8 PM
Grande Royale Ukulelists of the Black Swamp (GRUBS) Sun. Dec. 14, 2-4 PM

   
Jumbo Christmas Cards
Christmas Trees & Jumbo Christmas Cards
Bring your camera and snap some photos for your Christmas Cards or Facebook page - The Historical Center provides a winter backdrop of decorated Christmas trees and jumbo Christmas Cards. Trees courtesy of Rick & Carl's Trees.

Outside
December 6 - 19 during daylight hours.

   
Holiday Gift Shop
Unique • Local • Historical • Special
The holiday gift shop provides unique handmade creations from Arts In Common Gallery artists, blacksmithing items made on-site, and historical and fiction books. A special Christmas Shop will also be open featuring decorations and holiday fare for a donation.

Museum
Open during regular tour hours.

     

Gala Fundraiser

2014 Old Home Holiday Gala Event
Friday, December 5, 6 - 8 PM
$20 admission
RSVP at 419-352-0967
Start the season in a sparkle at the Gala! Light grazing with menus from the Infirmary, champagne, and an immersive experince to remember the residents of the County Infirmary.

Christmas Gala Fundraiser


Decorators

BECOME A HOLIDAY DECORATOR!

If you or your organization would like to decorate a room, hallway, or outdoor Christmas tree, please contact the Museum at 419-352-0967.

[ Download an application ]

We will also have live trees outside lining the sidewalk to decorate too! This is a great project for scout, youth, church, or any other group! Trees donated by Rick & Carl's Trees, Bowling Green.

DECORATOR'S TIMELINE:

2014 DECORATING DAYS:
Nov. 18 - 21 10 AM - 5 PM Museum open to Decorators
Sat. Nov. 22 12 - 5 PM Museum open to Decorators
Nov. 23 & 24 Museum Closed  
Tues. Nov. 25 10 AM - 8 PM Museum open to Decorators
Nov. 26 - 28 Museum Closed Thanksgiving Break
Sat. Nov. 29 12 - 5 PM Museum open to Decorators
 

DECORATOR TEAR-DOWN: DEC. 20 - JAN. 3

Sat. Dec. 20 Noon - 5 pm Decorator Tear-down 
Dec. 22-23 10 AM - 5 pm Decorator Tear-down 
Dec. 24 - 28 Museum Closed  
Dec. 29 - 30 10 AM - 5 pm Decorator Tear-down 
Dec. 31 - Jan. 2 Museum Closed  
Jan. 3 12 - 5 pm Decorator Tear-down 
Monday, January 5 Construction Starts Museum Accessibility Project
*Decorating schedules may be altered due to exhibit tear-down and construction schedules.

 

EXHIBIT SPACES:

2014 HOLIDAY ROOMS
ROOM GROUP LOCATION
#1 Front Porch Elva Court WEST WING - 1st floor
#2 Infirmary Building Models by Herman Aufdencamp WEST WING - 1st floor
#3 Dining Room Fostoria Garden Club WEST WING - 1st floor
#4 Front Hall/Stairs Heritage Corner - Geoffrey Troutman WEST WING - 1st & 2nd floor
#5 Gift Shop WCHS WEST WING - 1st floor
#7 & 8 Meeting Rooms Edie Olds CENTER WING - 1st floor
#9 Kitchen Exhibit Arts In Common CENTER WING - 1st floor
#10 Laundry Exhibit WCHS CENTER WING - 1st floor
#11 Oil & Gas Boom WCHS CENTER WING - 1st floor
#12 Alumni Room Wood County Park District : Lori Parratt & Gaynelle Predmore EAST WING - 1st floor
#13 Government Room Northwest Ohio Railroad EAST WING - 1st floor
#14 Arts & Crafts-era Exhibit Gaynelle Predmore EAST WING - 1st floor
#15 Victorian Parlor: Music of the Victorian Era Wood County Committee on Aging EAST WING - 1st floor
#16 Military Exhibit WCHS EAST WING - 1st floor
#17 East Hall & Stairs North Baltimore Gleanor Arbor #401 EAST WING - 1st floor
#18 East Hall

Juanita Place

EAST WING - 2nd floor
#19 Gallery ASYLUM: Inside the World of State Mental Hospitals - on exhibit thrugh Dec. 19 EAST WING - 2nd floor
#20 Leisure-time Activities: Theatre & Film Ruth Steele EAST WING - 2nd floor
#21 Leisure-time Activities: 1950s Relay for Life, Elizabeth Bosdorff EAST WING - 2nd floor
#22 Medical Exhibit

Edwin Harroon, Grace Harroon, & Elva Court

EAST WING - 2nd floor
#23 Reed General Store Black Swamp Spinners Guild CENTER WING - 2nd floor
#24 Wood County 4-H WCHS CENTER WING - 2nd floor
#25 Infirmary Bedroom WHCS CENTER WING - 2nd floor
#26 Native Indian Exhibit WCHS CENTER WING - 2nd floor
#27 Communication Exhibit FRiends Of Girl Scouts (F.R.O.G.S) CENTER WING - 2nd floor
#28 80s Hands-on History WCHS CENTER WING - 2nd floor
#29 Center Wing Landing & Stairs Wood County Baptist Women's Missionary Group CENTER WING - 2nd floor
#30 Textile Exhibit & Hall WCHS: Allison Nelson
George & Leslee Thompson
WEST WING - 2nd floor
     
Who Do I Contact Regarding Special Events?
Kelli Kling, Museum Event Coordinator

Kelli Kling
Marketing, PR, & Special Events
Wood County Historical Center & Museum
13660 County Home Road
Bowling Green, OH 43402
419-352-0967
museum@woodcountyhistory.org