Fort St. Joseph Museum open house is Saturday

Published 8:41 am Wednesday, December 7, 2005

By Staff
NILES - The Fort St. Joseph Museum will host its Holiday Open House from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10. The theme for the open house is the Symbols of Christmas.
Rudolph, Niles' own Christmas symbol, will be present to visit with children of all ages, and the museum will be decorated with many different decorations that have a special meaning at Christmas. Just a few of the decorations are peacocks, spiders, turtles and ladybugs. Learn why these creatures are a part of Christmas as well as more traditional things such as bells and candy canes.
Children will be able to make a frog, fish and peacock and each will also receive a special bag of treats to take home.
Children will learn even more by completing a Symbols of Christmas treasure hunt. The Burl Ives version of the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer video will be shown continuously during the open house.
The Niles Seventh-day Adventist School students created the hand-made decorations in the museum and the Sylvan Learning Center is providing some of the treats for the kid's take-home bags.
The Chapin Mansion/Niles City Hall is decorated for the holidays and will be open for tours during the hours of the open house.
Members of the Fort St. Joseph Historical Association will be stationed throughout the mansion to tell visitors about each of the rooms.
There is no admission fee for the museum open house or the Chapin Mansion tours. For more information call Carol Bainbridge at the Fort St. Joseph Museum, (269) 683-4702, ext. 212.