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Liberty Hall Museum’s Celebrates Christmas of Yesteryear

50 Years of the 20th Century

Union, NJ— Celebrate this holiday season in historic fashion with Liberty Hall Museum’s 50 Years of the 20th Century holiday extravaganza. During the month of December, Liberty Hall will transform the first floor of the museum into a time machine where visitors will journey through five rooms to discover the decorative styles of bygone eras.

Begin your tour in the 1910s where guests discover holiday traditions of the Edwardian period. Proceed into the 1920s to hear about prohibition and learn to dance the Charleston. In the 1930s, radio was sweeping the nation. Step back in time and enjoy the nostalgia created by classic radio programs and Christmas specials of the past. Enter the 1940s as Liberty Hall staff magically recreates life on the home front during World War II. Finally, end your tour in the 1950s where visitors learn how the ever-popular television transformed the holiday season for years to come.

Now that the elves of Liberty Hall have decorated the mansion in time for the holidays, the museum will host several additional activities throughout December.

Candy canes, gumdrops and more…build and decorate your own gingerbread house at the annual Gingerbread House Workshop on Saturdays, December 6 and 13 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and noon to 1:30 p.m. Space fills up quickly at this popular event, so make your reservations today. Cost is $15 per child and includes all workshop material. Reservations are required and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Come one come all to Liberty Hall’s Christmas Tree Ornament Workshop on Sunday, December 7 from 10 a.m. to noon. Children are invited to decorate the Christmas tree in the Great Hall. Each child will create four Victorian style-Christmas ornaments, two for the Liberty Hall tree and two to bring home. Cost is $4 per child and includes all workshop material. Reservations are required and children must be accompanied by an adult.

On Saturdays, December 13 and 20 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., enjoy candlelight tours of the Liberty Hall mansion during the Christmas of Yesteryear celebration. Holiday treats and music set the mood while museum educators in period dress escort guests through the gardens aglow with twinkling lights and into the mansion. Candlelight tours include visits to each of the five rooms decorated for the 50 Years of the 20th Century holiday theme. Guests will also receive a special token from each decade. Admission is adults $10, seniors $8, students with valid ID $5, children 12 and up $4 and museum members free.

Liberty Hall will also serve Afternoon Tea every Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. during the holiday season. Set in the decorative Carriage House, guests enjoy a selection of sandwiches, pastries, scones and clotted cream, jams and choice of two teas. Following the tea, guests tour the museum and view a special exhibit, The Pleasure of Your Company: The Power and Politics of Victorian Dining. The exhibit explores the life of Lucinetta (Lucy) Halsted Kean, one of the most-powerful women in Washington D.C., during the early 20th Century. Cost is $30 per person. Reservations are required.

Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University chronicles more than 200 years of American history. Built in 1772 by William Livingston, New Jersey’s first elected governor, the Victorian-style mansion is a treasure trove of historic riches. Along with forgotten letters from Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin, Liberty Hall also houses extensive collections of antique furniture, ceramics, textiles, toys and tools owned by seven generations of the Livingston and Kean families. The Firehouse is the latest addition to the Museum’s complex housing two antique fire engines and a collection of fire memorabilia.

Liberty Hall is located at 1003 Morris Avenue in Union, New Jersey. It is open to the public Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays. For more information or to make reservations, call (908) 527-0400, e-mail libertyhall@kean.edu or visit www.kean.edu/libertyhall.