Preserving & Promoting Allen's Heritage and Spirit...
UPCOMING AND MOST RECENT EVENTS AND PHOTOS
Christmas on the Prairie
Visitors were invited to step back in time while enjoying “Christmas on the Prairie” held at Allen Heritage Village in December. The houses and historic Allen Christian Church were decorated for Christmas in the time period of each building.
In the ca 1880s Wetsel house, the native cedar tree held simple homemade ornaments while red gauze bags containing fruit and nuts for children appeared in the bedroom. A coffee serving set and cookie preparations displayed holiday treats.
In the 1920s Lynge house, a tree with colored lights and an inviting dining table were set along with decorations in the other rooms.
In the Bolin house set up as 1940s, many decorations could be seen including the tabletop Christmas tree. The beautiful windows in the 1918 Allen Christian Church shone in the sunlight and illuminated the lovely quilt display from the Allen Quilters Guild. Also on display were pages from the Allen American 1974 special supplement titled “Santa shops Allen”.
The wonderful weather made the outdoor activities enjoyable: Santa’s Brass Quintet, a group of Community band members and high school students, played Christmas music; the Allen Garden Club contributed birdseed ornaments for children to hang in the nearby trees; children also roasted marshmallows for s’mores and magic snowman soup (hot chocolate) was available for all.
The Guild meets monthly to discuss the status of current and proposed projects, and frequently features guest speakers on topics of historical significance.
Meetings are currently held on the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm at The Train Depot (Allen Heritage Center, 100 East Main Street).