Ethnic Heritage Museum celebrates holidays

At this joyous holiday season, gather your children and join the Ethnic Heritage Museum during the month of December for an exciting tour of the “World of Holiday Traditions” as told through holiday displays. All six galleries in the museum are decorated in their traditional holiday finery.

The Ethnic Heritage Museum at 1129 S. Main St. in Rockford is a six-room house built in 1850. A distinct ethnic group sponsors each room in the house, including African American, Irish, Italian, Lithuanian, Polish and Hispanic. A visit to each room gives insight into the values and traditions of each of these groups.

In celebrating the holiday traditions, the Irish Gallery features a miniature of a typical Irish village at the Christmas season.

The African American Gallery features the Kwanzaa Holy Day. Children visiting the museum are invited to make free Kwanzaa gifts.

The Italian Gallery will feature the LaBefana and the “Ceppo,” a triangle made of wood with shelving, which embodies friendship, gifts of man, gifts of Earth and gifts of God.

A portrait of “Madonna Lady of Dawn” made from amber stones will be on display in the Lithuanian Gallery. The Lithuanian Christmas tree is decorated with ornaments made of drinking straws.

The Hispanic Gallery invites the city to join in the “La Posada” celebration at the Main Library Auditorium Dec. 13, from 3-4:30 p.m. Witness “La Posada,” the procession of Joseph and Mary in search of an inn. Enjoy special music by Tito Cevallos and try to break a Pinata.

Visit the International Bazaar at the museum, where there will be international baked goods and prints by Dr. Margaret Burroughs available for gift giving.

The museum is open from 2 to 4 p.m. every Sunday. Cost is free for members, $2 for non-members and $1 for children 12 and younger. Tours or info: 962-7402.

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