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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release November 24, 2009

Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858

Celebrate “Holidays on the Trails” at WHTC Dec. 4-6

Santa photos, music, crafts, activities, 10 to 15 percent discount at Gift Shop

(COUNCIL BLUFFS) – The Western Historic Trails Center will celebrate the season Dec. 4-6, 2009, when it presents “Holidays on the Trails,” a fun-filled event of shopping, crafts, music, horse-drawn wagon rides and more.

Shoppers will receive a 10 percent discount on books (except “Silent Hills Speak: A History of Council Bluffs, Iowa”) and a 15 percent discount on general merchandise (except for wine, beverages and snacks) at the Trails West Gift Shop.

WHTC is at 3434 Richard Downing Avenue in Council Bluffs. The three-day event is free and open to the public. Call 712-366-4900 or visit www.iowahistory.org for more information.

Holidays on the Trails is sponsored by a Promise Partners Neighborhood Networking grant. Following is the Holidays on the Trails three-day schedule:

Friday, Dec. 4, 2009

6-9 p.m.                        Evening Jam – An evening of music and entertainment

Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009

9 a.m.-4:45 p.m.            Shop for unusual and Iowa-made gifts and books in the Trails West Gift Shop

10-11:30 a.m.                Youth crafts

10 a.m.-noon                 Free photos with Santa Claus

10 a.m.-4 p.m.               Free horse-drawn wagon rides

Noon-1 p.m.                  Pioneer games for all ages.  

1 p.m.                           “The Importance of Recycling During the Holidays” program by Shannon Meister, Education Coordinator, Council Bluffs Recycling Center

1:30-3:30 p.m.               Free photos with Santa Claus

2:30-3:30 p.m.               Youth crafts

Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009

9 a.m.-4:45 p.m.            Shop for unusual and Iowa-made gifts and books in the Trails West Gift Shop

10-11:30 a.m.                Youth crafts

11 a.m.-noon                 Free photos with Santa Claus

Noon-4 p.m.                  Free horse-drawn wagon rides

Noon-1 p.m.                 Pioneer games for all ages.

1:30-3:30 p.m.               Free photos with Santa Claus

2-4 p.m.                        “Silent Hills Speak: A History of Council Bluffs, Iowa” book signing with William E. Ramsey and Betty Dineen Shrier. The book will be available for purchase in the gift shop.

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The State Historical Society of Iowa is a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and is a trustee of Iowa's historical legacy and an advocate for understanding Iowa's past. It identifies, records, collects, preserves, manages and provides access to Iowa's historical resources. Its dual mission of preservation and education serves Iowans of all ages, conducts and stimulates research, disseminates information, and encourages and supports historical preservation and education efforts of others throughout the state. Visit www.iowahistory.org or call 515-281-5111 for more information.

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