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Living History Christmas: Gregg County Historical Museum explores the wonder of Christmas past

By April Barbe
Oct. 30, 2017 at 7:50 a.m.
Updated Oct. 30, 2017 at 7:50 a.m.

Model trains wind their way around a track during the Living History Christmas event Saturday December 3, 2016, at the Gregg Count Historical museum.  (Les Hassell/News-Journal Photo)

As the holiday season arrives, many traditions will begin to unfold, and the Living History Christmas at the Gregg County Historical Museum is no exception.

For many years, volunteers have spent the majority of December in costumes from yesteryear demonstrating various Christmas scenes at the museum as part of Living History Christmas.

According to museum Director Lindsay Loy, this year’s event will include a wide variety of attractions, such as live exhibits, storytelling, ornament decorating, face painting and a blacksmith.

Loy said the blacksmith will be located outside of the museum.

“The museum scenes with people in them are a greeter in top hat and tails at the front door, an oilfield worker, Rangerette, a hot air balloon, a lady doing a weaving demonstration in the Victorian parlor, a cowboy in the Dalton Days exhibit, elves in Santa’s workshop making ornaments, ladies in the replica log cabin stringing popcorn for their tree, a storyteller in the basement and volunteers doing authentic Caddo Indian face painting with a paint rock,” Loy said.

But, that’s not all.

For train lovers, there will be a 40-foot-long train provided by the Loblolly Railway group.

“There will be guys in conductor attire at the model train that has five trains run at one time and makes smoke,” Loy said. She added that the train will include sound effects.

The train is one of the most popular aspects of the Living History Christmas each year, Loy said.

“Trains bring back a sense of nostalgia for adults and they want to show their kids and grandkids,” she said. “The exhibits that come to life make for a better learning experience for kids in a museum as well. It makes touring a museum more fun and interactive.”

The Living History Christmas is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 2. It is free for everyone to attend.

From Dec. 5-23, the Loblolly Model Train and Holiday Village exhibits will be displayed. The cost for these exhibits is regular museum admission of $5 for adults, $2 for seniors 60 and older and $1 for children.

The Gregg County Historical Museum is located at 214 N. Fredonia St. in Longview. Regular museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. The museum is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

For more information, visit the museum’s website at www.gregghistorical.org or call (903) 753-5840.

If You Go

  • When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 2
  • Where: Gregg County Historical Museum, 214 N. Fredonia St., Longview
  • Cost: Free
  • Information: www.gregghistorical.org or (903) 753-5840

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