General Press Release
The Arms Family Museum in Youngstown Ohio is sparkling for the holiday season! Memories of Christmas Past, the annual holiday spectacular, is in its ninth year in the 1905 Arts & Crafts mansion of Olive and Wilford Arms, and the home of the Mahoning Valley Historical Society. The seven period rooms of the Arms Family home are filled to the brim with rare, one-of-a-kind, vintage decorations that include ornaments, lighting, trees, and toys. This display features many pieces from the Historical Society’s collection as well as items on loan from private collectors.
Memories of Christmas Past opens on Saturday, November 19, and runs through January 8, 2017. Hours for the museum are Tuesday-Sunday, Noon to 4:00 p.m.; and Thursdays Noon to 7:00 p.m. The Museum is closed on Mondays, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Years Day.
Admission for the exhibit is $7 for adults, $6 for Senior Citizens; and $5 for Children ages 3-18 (under 3 free). Proceeds from the event help fund the educational and exhibit programs sponsored by the Mahoning Valley Historical Society.
Everyone has a favorite Christmas memory, and many of those memories revolve around traditions. As you stroll through the historic period rooms of the museum this year, you’ll see depictions of many different customs and traditions: The reception room features displays of woodland elves with red and white mushrooms. A prevalent icon in Christmas decorations, mushrooms were displayed on Christmas trees in Germany in honor of the people’s reverence for nature and in hope of good luck in the New Year. In the museum’s dining room a large German candle pyramid sits on the table. These elaborate decorative pieces with spinning tiers unified the traditions of bringing evergreens into a home and lighting the home with candles.
Exhibit designer Anthony Worrellia has taken a different approach in the museum’s sitting room this year, using historic patriotic artifacts mingled with Christmas decorations from the war era. A collection of wartime glass ornaments are displayed along with airplanes, ships, and toys, vintage patriotic clothing, 48 star flags, and wartime Christmas cards and letters. “It’s a little bit different than what is usually displayed, it was a fitting time to highlight the commemoration of the Centennial of World War I, and I like how all the pieces ended up coming together”, remarked Worrellia
Visitors have called the display “like something out of New York City – it’s so elaborate and detailed it’s impossible to see everything in just one walk-through.” Visitors are welcome on the self guided tour to make multiple passes through the period rooms as well as visit the second floor local history exhibits. The Anne Kilcawley Christmas Hands-On History Room will feature a patriotic Christmas with period artifacts, decorations and special weekend craft projects. Weekend events are scheduled which include author appearances, visits with Santa Claus, lectures and workshops. Visit www.memoriesofchristmaspast.com for dates and details.
Sponsors of the event include the Anne Kilcawley Christman Foundation, WYSU, The Youngstown Vindicator, Denise DeBartolo York, Virginia Dineen, C. Gilbert James, Jr. HopeStar, LLC, WFMJ, Mercy Health, Modern Office Supply, Tips to Toes, and Boardman Printing
The Arms Family Museum is located at 648 Wick Avenue in Youngstown. Visitors should be aware that Wick Avenue is under construction and is closed to through traffic. Local traffic can access the museum from the north at the intersection of Wick Avenue and the Madison Avenue expressway. For additional information visit www.memoriesofchristmaspast.com or call 330-743-2589.
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