Join the Sarpy County Museum on Sunday, December 3rd from 2 – 4 p.m. during our annual Christmas Open House. Over 25 nativity sets from around the world and a dozen Christmas trees will be on display. This year’s celebration will highlight over a dozen trees decorated by nonprofit organizations, communities, and clubs throughout the county. This event is part of Bellevue’s Olde Town Christmas.
During the open house, there will be a raffle of door prizes and the highly-anticipated drawing for the winner of the 2017 Raffle Quilt. This King Size quilt, donated by Charlene Gustin, was hand stitched and appliquéd by an Amish community in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Tickets will be available up until the drawing for all raffle prizes.
The museum invites the public in to see some beautiful Christmas trees, eat some holiday treats, and enjoy walking through the museum while the Gross Catholic Honor Choir will perform festive a cappella selections and carols. This is a terrific way to kick off the holiday season.
When WWI first started, no one knew the impact it would have across the centuries. Join us on Saturday, Dec. 9th at 2 pm as we hear how the first Christmas during WWI changed the world. This program is free and open to the public. The first Christmas celebrated during WWI in 1914 looked a lot different than those in the following years.
One of the most talked about stories is the unofficial and un-sanctioned Christmas Truce. A few brief hours during which men from both sides on the Western Front laid down their arms, emerged from their trenches, and shared food, carols, games and fellowship. Commands on both sides disapproved and this type of truce never happened again during the war.
One of the greatest humanitarian efforts to happen during WWI was the Christmas ship. The writer and editor of the Chicago Herald were determined to help the children orphaned from the war. Their article spurring Americans into action, solicited enough donation for over 5 million toys to send overseas! The USS Jason was loaded with gifts in New York harbor and set sail in November in 1914.
Come learn about these two Christmas stories and more in December!