The Dubois County Museum kicks off the 2022 Christmas season on Thursday, November 17 with their
opening of The Festival of Trees.

The museum will be open from 5:30-8:00pm to give visitors the opportunity for a free evening to view the sixteen trimmed Christmas trees decorated by representatives from the county communities. This year the organizers are moving the community trees by the community murals in Room 2 to give viewers more of a chance to learn more about the communities.

Also on display are the approximately thirty trees the volunteers of the museum have
been busy trimming throughout the museum exhibits.

The Kay Smock Santa Collection will be on display and filling several display cases throughout the museum. The collection numbers over 1,000 pieces.  More than half of the collection will be displayed this year.

During the evening on November 17, music students of Lauren Popp will be entertaining in Room 3 by playing selections on our white Kimball grand piano of Christmas music, traditional piano pieces and serenading visitors on selected vocal music.

Food and refreshments will be available. Prizes will be given away throughout the evening.

Visitors will be given opportunities to write their Christmas Memories for our temporary display called, Remembering Christmas.  Write about a special Christmas when you received that shiny bike, or made those tasty
candies with your grandmother or you received a favorite treat of an orange and a piece of candy from
St. Nick or a special religious service you attended.

These oral memories are important to the museum and will be saved in our collections after the exhibit is stored away in February, 2023.

Memories can be submitted throughout the Christmas season and up to February.

Visitors this year are also asked to vote for their favorite decorated tree. Each tree will have a number displayed near the tree and visitors are invited to write down the number of their favorite and place their vote in a box in the lobby. Winners will be announced December 23, 2022. Prizes will be awarded to the top three vote getters.

Before leaving the museum, be sure to browse through the gift shop. A large variety of stuffed animals, children’s
books and toys are available. History buffs will be delighted in the selection of local books on local