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On the Porch

The holiday season begins this weekend at the Lyon County Museum! Christmas trees are up, lights are on, and holiday music is playing. The seventh annual Indoor Christmas Tree Walk is open. The trees decorated by area individuals, businesses, groups, and non-profit organizations are on view at the museum now through Dec. 31. The trees are located on the main level and the lower level of the museum.

Visitors at the museum may vote for their favorite tree or trees by placing money in the present next to the tree. The top 3 trees with the most money in their presents will win 1st prize: $150, 2nd prize: $100, and 3rd prize: $50 in Marshall Chamber Dollars. The funds raised from the contest will support the Lyon County Museum.

Staff and volunteers have been busy the last couple of weeks decorating the museum for the holiday season. The museum’s Heritage Room exhibit has a Christmas display featuring various nativity scenes from personal collections and a few from the museum’s collection. Volunteers and many community members contributed nativity scenes to be displayed for the holiday season. A nativity scene refers to either using model figures in a setting or reenactments, also known as living nativity scenes. The nativity scenes in the Heritage Room Christmas display are made of various materials, such as ceramic, and are in many different sizes and styles.

The photograph featured this week is of a 1951 Goebel/Hummel nativity scene. The nativity scene was donated to the historical society by Donald Neisen, in memory of his sister Loretta. Donald bequeathed the nativity set to the historical society in his will in 1999, and the nativity set was given to the historical society after Donald passed away in 2006. Loretta had purchased the nativity set in Frankfurt, Germany in 1958 and had it shipped to Marshall. The original shipping crate is in the museum’s collection as well. The nativity scene and shipping crate are on display in the Heritage Room exhibit.

The annual Holiday Home Tour is Sunday, Dec. 8. The tour is from 1-4 p.m. The Lyon County Museum opens at noon the day of the tour. Refreshments and holiday cookies and other goodies will be at the museum for home tour participants. Homeowners for the 2019 Holiday Home Tour include: Derek and Raftyn Rignell, Steven Smisek, Stu and Barb Zick, and Dr. Mary Hagan. The years the houses were built are 1880, 1906, 1937, and 1925 respectively. Tickets are $20 each and are available at the Lyon County Museum, Hy-Vee, and Coco Avenue.

The Lyon County Historical Society is a non-profit, member-supported organization. For more information on membership, research, volunteering, or the museum’s collection, please contact us at 537-6580 or director@lyoncomuseum.org. Like our page and follow us on Facebook.

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