Saturday, December 15, 2012

Reliving Chistmas Past on the Lincoln Highway-- Part 2

Definitely a place on my list the next time through Pennsylvania.  I have never driven the Lincoln Highway east of Canton, Ohio.  Maybe a stop next November on my way to North Carolina.  I would also like to be in Gettysburg on November 19, 2013, the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.

Since opening his museum in 1998, Jim Morrison has had to expand several times to showcase his ever-growing collection.  Among his prized collections are holiday displays that were once in Columbus and Chicago department stores.  He has the Columbus, Ohio's Lazurus Department Store's Tudor Town, but his favorite is the 90-year-old display from Chicago's State Street Marshall Field's.

The nearly-life-size Nativity scene was made by master carvers in northern Italy at the end of World War I and brought to Chicago and shown for only a few years.

After decades of gathering dust, Target, the parent company of Marshall Field's donated the entire exhibit to Morrison's museum.  It is part of a larger collection of religious items.

There is also a Christmas around the world with Grandfather frost and St. Lucia.

Another exhibit is Christmas Memories of the 1950s.

Then, A Visit Might Give Me Ideas. Maybe I'd Best Not Go. --RoadDog

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