Deck the Halls

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Deck the Halls

We are pleased to introduce Deck the Halls, a new holiday experience at the Museum! This new annual event will be on display November 12, 2013 through January 12, 2014. It will include several special activities, events and exhibits for everyone to participate in. Some of the highlights are:

Get Polarized Light Pole Decorating Contest
Long lacking from the Museum's holiday celebrations has been an outside display. This year we have added a community component to our annual holiday tradition where local service groups are competing in a light pole decorating contest on the Museum grounds. The community is invited to vote for the best light pole by making a cash donation to the group of their choice. Everyone is a winner! Each service group keeps the amount donated to their light pole and the group with the most donations also wins a matching donation of up to $300 from DC Stoneworks.

Get Polarized 2013 Results

  1. Jefferson Elementary PTO
  2. Museum Auxiliary
  3. Oshkosh Garden Club
  4. Oshkosh Lakeshore Lions Club
  5. Let's Knock Out Breast Cancer
  6. Oshkosh Community Players
  7. ROCC West High School
  8. Webster Stanley M. S. Technology Upgrades
  9. Read Elementary Student Council
  10. Read Elementary Pennies for Patients
  11. American Heritage Girls Troop
  12. Waverobotics
  13. Oshkosh Recreation Department Jolly Jester
  14. Gamma Alpha Omega Sorority
  15. South Park M. S. Ski Club

Christmas Village

The second floor exhibit space features a life-size Christmas Village designed with Oshkosh store front facades based on photographs from the Museum's archives. The Museum train has returned, too, as a featured part of this holiday tradition. The store front windows showcase a variety of toys, and as part of our new holiday tradition the community got to vote on which toys will be on exhibit! 

Sawyer Family Traditions
The four main rooms on the first floor of the Sawyer home will entertain with special activities and events reminiscent of the holiday celebrations the Sawyer family enjoyed while they lived on this property. Every Saturday and Sunday from November 16 through December 29, 2013, take part in these fun activities.  

  • 1:00 PM  Sawyer Dining Room: holiday treats and table settings demonstrations; decorations feature a 1900s cotton-covered Christmas tree
  • 2:00 PM  Sawyer Den: holiday story time from tales of Christmas long ago; decorations feature an 1880s table-top Christmas tree
  • 3:00 PM  Sawyer Library: holiday crafts and musical entertainment; decorations feature a 1910s electrified tree
  • 1:00-4:00 PM  Sawyer Parlor: enjoy playing parlor games and a traditional 1890s gift-covered Christmas tree

Special Holiday Events
Sunday, November 24, 2013 at 3:00 PM - Lourdes Madrigal Singers holiday performance
Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 1:00 PM - Curator Deb Daubert will present on how the Sawyer's celebrated the holidays
Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 3:00 PM - North High School Madrigal Singers holiday performance

Other holiday amenities include Candy Cane Cafe, a relaxing place to sit down and enjoy some refreshments, and the ever-popular Museum Scavenger Hunt with an impish twist as visitors are challenged to find the Museum elves hidden throughout the Museum among the holiday decorations.