Historic sites help state executive mansion deck the halls
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[December 03, 2013]
SPRINGFIELD — Thirty historic
and museum sites in Illinois are contributing their expertise and
artistic flair to create a one-of-a-kind display of holiday
decorations at the state executive mansion this December. The public
is invited to see the decorations every Tuesday, Thursday and
Saturday throughout the month.
Free tours of "Historic Christmas at the Mansion" will be available
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and 2 to 3:30 p.m., and
on Saturdays from 9:30 to 11 a.m.
In addition, on Dec. 14 the mansion will participate in the
Downtown Historic Home Christmas Open House in Springfield from noon
to 5 p.m. Volunteers from several historic sites will be in period
attire, demonstrating crafts from their era, selling merchandise and
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The exhibit features unique trees decorated by staff and volunteers
from places such as the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and
Museum, Dana-Thomas House, Elijah Iles House, Lincoln Home,
Springfield Art Association-Edwards Place, David Davis Mansion in
Bloomington, Gov. Duncan Mansion in Jacksonville, Quincy Museum,
Hegeler Carus Mansion in LaSalle, Cahokia Mounds in Collinsville,
Bishop Hill State Historic Site, Old Lincoln Courthouse and Museum
in Beardstown, and Central Illinois Decorative Artists.
Dried materials from the executive mansion gardens will complement
the decorated trees.
[Text from file received from the
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency]