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Unfold vacation cheer and rejoice native historical past on the Morgantown Historical past Museum

Santa Claus is coming to city Friday night, Dec. 15, on the Morgantown Historical past Museum’s vacation occasion, the place he’ll greet guests, pose for picture ops and share cookies and scorching cocoa. Alongside this particular visitor, the museum will showcase a particular coal mining exhibit and acquire meals donations for The Shack Neighborhood Home.

Devoted to preserving and selling regional historical past, the Morgantown Historical past Museum boasts a group spanning from prehistoric artifacts to current day items. Highlights embody glassware from native producers, memorabilia from World Battle I, World Battle II and the Civil Battle, Native American artifacts, and a favourite of many guests — the unique tombstone of Zackquill Morgan, the founding father of Morgantown.

“I hope [visitors] take away the truth that the Morgantown Historical past Museum is a spot the place they cannot solely study their native historical past, but additionally have enjoyable whereas doing so,” stated Museum Supervisor Jason Burns. “We’re actually pushing to deliver the enjoyable again to the museum and convey the life again to the historical past of the world, and simply get individuals to understand and perceive the historical past of the town and the county.” 

Though the Morgantown Historical past Museum has hosted vacation occasions up to now, this 12 months’s guarantees to be among the best, Burns stated.

With the thought for a vacation occasion already brewing, inspiration struck when Burns found an genuine classic one-horse open sleigh — sure, precisely like within the music — within the museum’s storage and introduced it out for show. Guests are invited to admire and sit within the sleigh for images all through December. Though the sleigh’s precise courting is unknown, its design resembles the early Twentieth-century type, however could also be older. The sleigh has a historical past inside the metropolis of Morgantown, having been beforehand featured in an area Christmas parade and displayed in a downtown storefront.

Throughout tonight’s occasion, cookies, scorching cocoa and different refreshments might be served, and attendees are inspired to discover the remainder of the museum’s displays in the course of the occasion, together with one which options one other hallmark of the vacation season — coal.

The Morgantown Historical past Museum’s coal mining exhibit for the month of December, that includes art work loaned by The Shack Neighborhood Home. (Submitted Photograph)

Throughout December, the museum’s coal mining exhibit takes middle stage with a revitalized assortment that includes coal mining gear, pictures, commercials and items of coal from the area. Moreover, an exhibit highlighting Morgantown native Don Knotts’ life and profession has been organized.

In collaboration with The Shack, two gadgets have been specifically loaned to the museum for this month’s exhibit — a pair of work by the daughter of Mary Behner, founding father of The Shack. As well as, the Morgantown Historical past Museum has organized a drive to gather shelf-stable meals donations for The Shack all through this month. Donations might be delivered to the museum throughout working hours.

Past this occasion, Burns goals to kick off his duties because the museum’s new supervisor by fostering group engagement, organizing an thrilling lineup of occasions and reviving a few of the museum’s archived historic items.

“We’ll have [events] that particularly communicate to the world and communicate to the individuals on the town and the county,” stated Burns. “We’ll be bringing out some issues which might be within the archives that perhaps have by no means been seen earlier than. We’re going to open issues up, deliver all of them again to life.”

Tonight’s vacation occasion will run from 5-7 p.m. on the Morgantown Historical past Museum, 175 Kirk St. Entrance, images and refreshments are free. The museum’s typical working hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday by Friday and noon-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Entry is all the time free.

The museum can also be internet hosting a giveaway for a classic handcrafted dollhouse at $2 per ticket, obtainable for buy till the drawing date on Dec. 22. As a nonprofit group, funds raised by this raffle will assist the museum’s operations. 

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