Sheldon Museum plans holiday "Celebrations!"

This holiday season the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History is pleased to present "Celebrations!", an exhibit about celebrating milestones. There is a party in each room of the Judd-Harris house and you are invited.

Come see what holiday goodies are baking in the kitchen, celebrate a tin wedding anniversary in 1867, experience a little boy's 10th birthday party and for the finale witness a bride's happiest day through the ever-evolving wedding gown. Eight wedding gowns from the Museum's collection will be on display in the Cerf Gallery. The exhibit opens on Nov. 26.

In conjunction with the Celebrations! exhibit, the community is invited to the Sheldon Museum's annual Holiday Open House on Saturday,

Dec. 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 5, noon-4 p.m. The historic Judd-Harris House will be decked with beautiful high-Victorian floral arrangements and decorations. There will be children's activities throughout the Museum.

The Midd-Vermont Train Club's elaborate three-level electric train layout is sure to delight all ages.

This year a bit of the Addison County Fair has been added to the display with a Ferris wheel and merry-go-round. Carols played on the Sheldon's 1831 piano, a craft project, Christmas cookies and a holiday raffle will add to the festive atmosphere. You may also place a bid in the Sheldon's silent auction of local artists' chairs.

The Holiday Open House is free for Addison County residents; donations welcome. The Henry Sheldon Museum is located at 1 Park Street in downtown Middlebury across from the Ilsley Library. Holiday Museum hours: Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays December 5, 12 and 19: 12-4 p.m. Research Center hours: Tues., Wed., Fri. 1-5 p.m., Thurs. 1-8 p.m. Admission to the Museum is $5 Adults; $3 Youth (6-18); $4.50 Seniors; $12 Family.

Please note that during the month of January, the Sheldon Museum and Shop will only be open on Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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