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Governor's mansion decorated for holidays

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[December 17, 2009]  SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois' governor's mansion is featuring a historic flair this holiday season with decorations provided by Springfield area museums and historic sites, and the public is invited to see the decorations on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

The centerpiece is a live 12-foot Canaan fir tree decorated by Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum volunteers to commemorate the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial and the museum's agriculture exhibit. The tree, adorned in a copper and gold motif with moss green accents, was selected from the Danican Tree Farm in Greenville and donated by the Illinois Christmas Tree Growers Association.

Other trees at the mansion are decorated by staff and volunteers from the Dana-Thomas House, Old State Capitol, Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices, Vachel Lindsay Home and Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Sites; the Illinois State Museum; and the Washington Park Horticultural Center in Springfield. The Governor's Choice Tree rounds out the tree display.

Gov. Quinn will welcome visitors during an open house on Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m., and refreshments will be served.

The public is invited to tour the governor's mansion on 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.

[Text from file received from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency]



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