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Museum of East Tennessee History hosting Holiday Open House

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Craft demonstration at Museum of East TN History's open house.

Cookies and apple cider will warm the day at the East Tennessee Historical Society’s Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Kids in America Show Choir from Holston Middle School will be performing, and professional storyteller Elizabeth Rose will spin some Appalachian folklore and mountain ballads.

Activities include craft demonstrations and the sale of handmade items, free ornament and craft making for the kids, and holiday refreshments.

Visitors are invited to browse the ETHS Museum Store for a 10% discount on a great selection of traditional gifts, history books, and children's items. The discount is good for this day only. ETHS members receive 15% off throughout the month of December. Gift memberships are also available providing recipients with publications and special benefits throughout the year.

Museum admission is free for the day. Exhibits currently on view include the feature exhibition Made in Tennessee: Manufacturing Milestones, an East Tennessee Streetscape and Corner Drug Store, and Voices of the Land: The People of East Tennessee, a look at 300 years of history, from the Cherokee to the 1982 World’s Fair. Also on display for the holiday season is a crèche made in Germany and brought to East Tennessee in 1883. The beautifully carved nativity set and carousel belonged to the Fickey family of Wartburg. Family legend indicates that it had origins in the Fickeys’ home district of Erzgebirge some 150 years before being brought to this country.

All events are free from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. The Museum of East Tennessee is located at the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville.

Published December 8, 2014

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