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Guthrie museum displays Victorian-era Christmas decorations



A historic Guthrie museum is celebrating Christmas as settlers did more than a century ago.

The Oklahoma Territorial Museum has re-created Victorian-era Christmas dressings and decorations, giving visitors a glimpse of the how the holiday's modern traditions have evolved.

The museum is displaying several Christmas trees that have been decorated using materials and techniques popular in America around the turn of the century, said Erin Brown, a collections specialist for the museum.

Organizers have decorated many trees using strings of garland made from beads and flowers "? common Christmas tree decorations in Victorian households, Brown said. Hand-sewn and crocheted holiday ornaments and embellishments were also frequently used, she said, and adorn some of the museum's period trees.

Brown said the museum also decorated a traditional "cowboy" tree, topped by the 46-star flag "? the official United States flag issued after Oklahoma's statehood in 1907.

The museum's Victorian Christmas theme is particularly well-served by its building, she said, which was built in 1902.

Museum staff will don Victorian dress and serve hot cider to museum-goers from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Brown said.

The Oklahoma Territorial Museum, 406 E. Oklahoma, is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and most Saturdays. For more information, call 282-1889.

"?Joe Wertz  


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