Niles History Center to host Holiday Open House

Published 9:29 am Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The Niles History Center will be host its annual Holiday Open House from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5.

All ages are invited to participate in activities, which will take place at the Chapin Mansion and the Fort St. Joseph Museum. Admission is free.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer plans to make a special stop in Niles.

“Rudolph actually has a connection to Niles,” said Christina Arseneau, Niles History Center director. “The character was created in 1939 by Robert May, an employee of the Montgomery Ward department store. Niles was the birthplace and childhood home of Ward.”

Attendees will learn about Rudolph’s history at the open house and will have an opportunity to take photos with the famous reindeer. Crafts and other fun activities will be offered.

In addition, the Chapin Mansion will be dressed up for the holidays.

Each year, a new holiday theme is chosen and this year’s theme is “A Woodland Christmas.”

Vintage decorations, books, and Rudolph memorabilia will be on display.

Visitors are invited to explore the mansion as docents explain its history.

The Niles Art Association will have a selection of handmade cards and ornaments for sale.

On Saturday the Niles History Center will also debut the Chapin Mansion’s holiday light and music show.

Enjoy a first look at the lights, which will operate throughout the holiday season.

The Niles History Center is located at 508 E. Main St., in Niles.

Call (269) 683-4700, ext. 4010 for more information or follow the center on Facebook for updates on Niles History Center programs and events.