Annual Holidays on the Trail set for Trails Center Dec. 2-3

For immediate release November 21, 2006


Contact: Jeff Morgan,, (515) 281-3858

(DES MOINES) – People looking for a unique shopping experience and fun family events are invited to the Western Historic Trails Center for “Holidays on the Trail.”

Frontier music, children’s activities and refreshments will be offered in addition to special discounts in the Trails West Gift Shop 9 a.m.-5 p.m. December 2-3. The event is free and open to the public. The Western Historic Trails Center and Trails West Gift shop are at 3434 Richard Downing Avenue, just south of Interstate 80 at the 24th Street exit.

For settlers on the frontier, holidays 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.

In that spirit, a number of special activities will be highlighted during the event – meet Santa 2-4 p.m. Dec. 2 and listen to author Michael Tate at 2 p.m. Dec. 3 as he discusses and signs his book Indians and Emigrants: Encounters on the Overland Trails.

Call the Western Historic Trails Center at 712-366-4900 for more information. All events are free unless otherwise noted. The WHTC gift shop will offer free holiday gift wrapping with purchases. Please visit or call 712-366-4900 for more information.

In addition, the following event is on the WHTC schedule of events for December:

December 4, 2006
6 p.m.
“Holiday Concert”

Bluffs Art Council and WHTC present a Holiday Concert with “Men of Grace.” Two shows at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served before and after the concert, and the Trails West Gift Shop will be open.

The State Historical Society of Iowa 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. Please visit or call 515-281-5111 for more information.


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