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Dearborn Historical Museum hosts Victorian Christmas on Saturday

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The Dearborn Historical Museum has moved its annual Victorian Christmas open house to Saturday this year, after having been on the first Friday of December for a number of years.

The event will be on Saturday for the first time, Museum Guild of Dearborn President Rick Danes explained, because he wanted to make the Dec. 7 open house easier to attend for busy families which work weekdays. The museum will host the open house from 1-6 p.m. at the Museum's Commandant's Quarters, 21950 Michigan Ave. (at the corner of Monroe).

The free event features decorations, which museum volunteer Tara Gnau said is always done in the style of the High Victorian period of the 1880s and 1890s; live Christmas music, which she said are generally versions of traditional Christmas carols performed on some of the museum's instruments, “usually 20 minutes on, and then 10 minutes off. Gnau added that Christmas cookies along with tea and coffee will be provided as refreshments.

“It will be like stepping inside a Christmas card,” Dearborn Historical Museum curator Jack Tate said. “Elaborate garlands, the scent of warm spice, men and woman in period dress and holiday carols will help people to experience an old-fashioned Currier and Ives Christmas.

“Our favorite (Christmas) traditions come from this time (Victorian era) in our history,” he said.

Santa will be there for the children's activities from 3-6 p.m., which will include crafts, a visit with St. Nick, and a Santa's Helper game. Donations for the museum will be accepted on-site.

“Our people can leave their donations, or they can join our Friends organization,” Gnau said.

For more information on the Victorian Christmas open house, she said, call the museum staff tomorrow at (313) 565-3000.

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