Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515)
COUNCIL BLUFFS –
People looking for a unique shopping experience and fun family events are invited
to the Western Historic Trails Center for “Holidays on the Trail.”
Carriage rides, frontier
music, childrens’ activities and a special talk about early holiday traditions
will be offered in addition to special discounts in the Trails West Gift Shop
and refreshments 9 a.m.-5 p.m. December 3-4, 2005. The event is free and open
to the public. The Western Historic Trails Center and gift shop are located at
3434 Richard Downing Avenue, just south of Interstate 80 at the 24th Street exit.
“Holidays on the
Trail is a fun and free event that allows visitors to experience the season as
it was more than 100 years ago,” WHTC Site Manager K.C. Collins Hummel said.
“Parents can enjoy shopping for unique holiday gifts in the Trails West
Gift Shop. It is a day geared toward the entire family.”
Holidays on the frontier
were a time to celebrate and feast. Given a lack of lavish offerings, homesteaders
worked for weeks in advance to prepare simple gifts for each other. Improvised
toys and homemade dolls were favorites.
A number of special activities
will be highlighted during the event. On December 3, 2005 at 1 p.m., Elder Ron
Thurber, director of Mormon Winter Quarters and the Kanesville Tabernacle, will
unveil The Handcart Pioneers, a statue now located in the atrium of the
Western Historic Trails Center. Two thousand and six is the sesquicentennial of
the Mormon handcart trek to Zion. At 2 p.m., Elder Thurber will speak in the theater
on The Pioneer Christmas.
On Sunday at 2 p.m., Saundra
Leininger will present An Icarian Christmas. She will share traditions of the
French Icarian immigrants who settled in Corning, IA.
Please call the Western
Historic Trails Center at 712-366-4900 for more information.
The Western Historic Trails
Center is operated by the State Historical Society of Iowa, 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
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