Museum hosts old-fashioned Christmas fun

Jodi Schellenberg
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The Prince Albert Historical Museum invited young and old out to the museum Sunday afternoon to enjoy some old fashioned Christmas fun.

“This is the fifth year we have had a Christmas opening where we have invited people to the museum on a Sunday afternoon,” Connie Gerwing said.

In the past, the museum has been closed during the winter, only being open during the summer months when students have been available to work, Gerwing said.

“We hired a full time curator a few years ago and we decided that we wanted to have some openings during the winter season and people who normally go to the lake all summer might be able to come in,” Gerwing said. “It is has been quite successful.”

They have hosted events on Remembrance Day, a Christmas event and usually open the doors for Family Day too.

“This year, we are going to be open for the whole week of the winter games and we are preparing a sports display for that, sort of the history of sports in Prince Albert,” Gerwing said. “If people are interested in that, it will be the third week in February.”

They wanted to get more people interested in the museum, Gerwing said, which is why “we decided why Christmas was a good time to do something.”

Each year is a little different. In the past there have been displayers by local quilters and the photographer club.

“This year we have the model train club here showing off one of their displays,” Gerwing said.

There were also dainties and refreshments, a story time for the children and Santa Claus was on hand to greet the children with a candy cane.

The decorations are also unique to the museum, Gerwing said.

“Our tree, we have old-fashioned ornaments on it, mostly except for the lights,” Gerwing said. “We try to keep with the historical theme as well. Our story reader is dressed in 19th century clothes, reading old stories, not modern stories.”

Many children are very interested in the displays at the museum, she said. They have a lot of children come through the doors.

“Even when we have Nov. 11 we have lots of groups of cadets, for example, who come and they get a lot out of it -- even the little kids,” Gerwing said. “It is surprising. Parents bring them and there are lots of things that they don’t get but there are many that they do. It gets them starting to think about the past.”

On Thursday, the museum will be hosting a Christmas dinner, which is $20 a ticket, Gerwing added. Anyone is welcome to join them for the meal. 

Organizations: Prince Albert

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