Ethnic Heritage Museum celebrates ‘Holiday Traditions’

Staff Report

See how the six galleries of Rockford’s Ethnic Heritage Museum celebrate Christmas during “Holiday Traditions,” running Saturday, Nov. 16, to Sunday, Dec. 22, at the museum, 1129 S. Main St.

The museum is open every Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m., with extended hours of noon to 4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 17. Pre-register for tours other days by calling the museum at (815) 962-7402.

The six galleries of the museum represent African-American, Hispanic, Italian, Irish, Lithuanian and Polish. Can you guess which country traditionally does not celebrate with a Christmas tree? Where will you find the Szopka, “A Fairy Tale Stable” to light up a child’s eyes?

Suggested admission to the museum is $3 for students, $5 for adults, $10 for families and free for members.

While at the museum, purchase unique Christmas gifts for your family and friends — ornaments, many bazaar items, plus “Thank You” note cards (with the “thank you” written in the six ethnic languages).

Hispanic Gallery Robozos (shawls) and Milegros (little figurines) are added cultural options.

Featured Sunday Entertainment: Janel Nelson and Ron Holm with vocal, keyboard, guitar, ocarina and harmonica. Their music ranges from original classic country, jazz, blues to early rock-n-roll.

From the Nov. 13-19, 2013, issue

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