Ushering in holiday season – Times Gazette

The entrance to the Highland House Museum is decorated for a previous holiday season.

The entrance to the Highland House Museum is embellished for a earlier holiday season.

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The native holiday season will unofficially kick off Friday when the Highland County Historical Society opens its Merry Mercantile Christmas Shop on the Highland House Museum.

There shall be a ribbon-slicing on the museum at 5 p.m., then the museum will stay open till 8 p.m.

The museum is dwelling to the historic society and is situated at 151 E. Main St. The store may even be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6.

The store has merchandise from 20 native artisans. Gifts vary from jewellery to dwelling décor, handmade gadgets, selfmade jams and jellies, candles, pillows and extra. Books on native historical past and books written by native authors are additionally out there, in response to museum director Vicki Knauff.

Debbie Williams, writer of “Hillsboro’s Mystery Child – The Story of Sarah Dorney Stroup”, will signal books Saturday from 1-4 p.m. Other authors are scheduled in the course of the holiday season.

Knauff mentioned 14 of the museum’s rooms have been embellished by native teams or people in a “Color My World” theme and that the stairway and tree in the decrease ground hallway present the right background for a gaggle picture.

“The rooms are decorated according to how the different groups interpreted the theme,” Knauff mentioned. “The theater group at Southern State decorated the music room with Broadway themes from movies with colors in the title, and the DAR decorated the military room in red, white and blue.”

After this weekend, the Highland House shall be open for guests and procuring on Thursdays (besides Thanksgiving) and Saturdays from 1-4 p.m. and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. by the holiday season.

There isn’t any cost to go to the museum, however donations are inspired. All proceeds profit the historic society.

Watch for updates on Facebook, the historic society’s web site at, in The Times-Gazette or you’ll be able to name the museum at 937-393-3392.

Reach Jeff Gilliland at 937-402-2522.

The entrance to the Highland House Museum is embellished for a earlier holiday season.

Historical society’s Merry Mercantile Christmas Shop opens Friday

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