SAHS Festival of Trees displays clever themes!
Little Aubrey Schilling and Logan Shoen found a Christmas tree that struck their fancy at the Springfield Museum.  The Farmers & Merchants Bank tree promotes mobile banking, and the tree is decorated with a variety of toy vehicles of all sorts. At left is Aubrey’s mother, Christa Schilling, and at the right is Lisa Reiner.

Christmas Tree exhibit at the Springfield Museum


The Springfield Area Historical Society (SAHS) is again sponsoring the Christmas tree exhibit 

Hours for visiting are from 5:00 to 8:00. Everyone is invited to view the trees and encouraged to vote for their favorites.   Twenty-five cents counts as one vote and you may vote for as many trees as you like, and as often as you like — all proceeds go to the SAHS museum. There is no admission charge.

Organizations represented with decorated trees are the Springfield Rotary Club, Springfield Area Nativity Theatre Association, Scarlet Chics Red Hat Society, Prairie Samplers Quilt Club and the Garden Study Club.

Mayo Clinic Health System in Springfield has a decorated tree.

The Farmers & Merchants Bank, First National Bank and SouthPoint Federal Credit Union have decorated trees.

Churches represented with trees are Zion, St. Paul and St. Johns Lutheran, and St. Raphael Little Panthers.

Ethnic trees include a  Danish tree decorated by Becky Peters and Jean Klabunde, a Swedish tree decorated by Dotty deLambert, a Norwegian tree by St. Johns Lutheran, an Irish tree decorated by John and Pat Ryan, a German tree adorned by Carole Young and an old fashioned tree decorated with Renner family ornaments by Marge Renner and Eileen Kohlhof.

A dozen trees have been decorated by historical society directors / museum staff that include a U.S. States Tree, Birds of a Feather, Silver Bells, Kitchen Tree, White Christmas, Blue Christmas, Frosty the Snowman and various other small trees.

Inside the museum visitors can also enjoy other displays using vintage ornaments and decorations from museum and private collections.

On display in the window wells are items telling of a tropical Christmas.

Holiday hours at the museum begin Friday, Nov. 28, 2:00 to 4:00; and Saturday, Nov. 29, 10:00 to noon. In December the museum will be open Wednesdays and Fridays from 2:00 to 4:00; and Saturdays, Dec. 6 and 20 from 10:00 to noon.

Special events at the museum during the holidays include a tea party on Friday, Dec. 5.; and the annual wine and cheese party Friday evening, Dec. 12, from 5:00 to 7:00, that will kick off the organization’s annual membership drive.




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