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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release November 23, 2011

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

"Holidays on the Trails" Dec. 2-3 at Western Historic Trails Center

Annual event celebrates the season with crafts, activities and music

COUNCIL BLUFFS – Celebrate the season next month at the Western Historic Trails Center’s “Holidays on the Trails,” a two-day event of shopping, crafts, music and more.

“Holidays on the Trails” will be Dec. 2-3, 2011, at the Western Historic Trails Center, 3434 Richard Downing Avenue in Council Bluffs. The event is free and open to the public. The Holidays on the Trails two-day schedule follows:

Dec. 2, 2011
Friday Night Kick-Off, 6-9 p.m.
• Evening Jam Session – An evening acoustic Jam Session will kick off the weekend. It is perfect for pickers and listeners who work during the day.
• The Dog House will have hot dogs available for purchase.
• Visitors can take a sneak peek at the Holidays on the Trails 1st Annual Craft Show.
• A small gathering of crafters will display and sell craft items.

Dec. 3, 2010
9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
• WHTC and Council Bluffs Recycling Center staff will help kids of all ages create crafts with recyclable items.
• Holiday photo opportunity with Santa. 10 a.m.-noon. FREE.
• Council Bluffs Police Department will fingerprint children and offer safety information. Stop and get your child’s information on record. 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. FREE.
• Council Bluffs Fire Department will offer fire safety tips for the holiday season. Find out what is safe and what is not. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. FREE.
• 1st Annual Holiday Craft Show for holiday shopping.
• The Dog House will have hot dogs available for purchase.

Call the Western Historic Trails Center at 712-366-4900 for more information.


The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs is responsible for developing the state’s interest in the areas of the arts, history and other cultural matters with the advice and assistance from its two divisions: the State Historical Society of Iowa and the Iowa Arts Council. DCA preserves, researches, interprets and promotes an awareness and understanding of local, state and regional history and stimulates and encourages the study and presentation of the performing and fine arts and public interest and participation in them. It implements tourism-related art and history projects as directed by the General Assembly and designs a comprehensive, statewide, long-range plan with the assistance of the Iowa Arts Council to develop the arts in Iowa. More information about DCA is available at www.culturalaffairs.org.
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