Terre Haute Living December 2016 - Page 9

g UP FRONT AT THE MUSEUM A LOOK AT SOME OF THE TREASURES AT THE VIGO COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM The aluminum CHRISTMAS TREE T he aluminum Christmas tree is a symbol of Christmas that dates back to the 1950s. Lining the North Room bay window of the Terre Haute Historical Society Museum, the trees accompany the holiday decorations displayed throughout the building. The aluminum trees have been in the museum’s collection for over 20 years. These trees were some of the first artificial Christmas trees that were not green in color. Made of aluminum, they were used as a symbol of the commercialization of Christmas, as it has been seen in the popular children’s television special “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” By the late 1960s, the commercial life span of the trees had all but passed. The exhibit of the nearly forgotten trees will run through the month of December. The museum will have a Holiday Open House from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 4. The museum is at 1411 S 6th St. tribstar.com/terrehauteliving WORDS: ERIN GREGORY PHOTOGRAPHY: JIM AVELIS December 2016 • Terre Haute Living 9