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Wylie House Museum drew inspiration from the past to celebrate the holiday season

Dec. 7, 2016

The Wylie House Museum literally decked the halls with boughs of holly for its annual holiday open house. The decorations matched the season and the period when Wylie House was built in the early to mid-1800s. 

Evergreens, pine cones and dried flowers adorned the fireplace mantel and were dressed up with ribbons. Candles and bowls of nuts, apples and oranges sat on tables.

"In the early to mid-1800s, it wasn’t popular yet to use ornaments everywhere," said Carey Beam, Wylie House Museum director.

Every detail was carefully considered to give those who stopped in to hear carols and read Christmas stories a sense of the past. Kids strung cranberries and made paper chains while they munched on popcorn. Volunteers who helped out at the event dressed in period attire, donning tall hats and bonnets.

"It adds to the feeling of it being a really authentic experience for our guests," Beam said.

Each year, Beam gets reacquainted with museum guests who have made the open house a tradition. She also meets new people who have never been to the Wylie House before.

"It’s a great way to share the Wylie House with campus and community and show it off a little bit," she said.

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