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Antique Christmas Roadshow at the Taft Museum of Art on December 7

Taft Museum of Art
15 November 2012
For immediate release
Contact: Cate O’Hara
(513) 684-4515 or cohara@taftmuseum.org
Antique Christmas Roadshow at the Taft Museum of Art on December 7
Bring your vintage, heirloom, and thrift store Christmas treasures to the Taft Museum of Art on Friday, December 7, at 1 p.m. for a talk by Christmas expert George W. Johnson, followed by “Antique Christmas Roadshow” when local experts will identify and appraise audience members’ items.
Setting the mood, Dr. Johnson’s talk on “Celebrating Christmas during the Great Depression” will be illustrated by examples of ornaments, decorations, photographs, and cards from the 1930s, when both the United States and Europe were enveloped in a decade-long economic crisis. Despite their monetary woes, people still found ways to make the holiday bright.
A collector and scholar, Dr. Johnson is author of A Pictorial Guide to Christmas Ornaments and Collectibles as well as three volumes of Christmas Ornaments, Lights, and Decorations. He speaks regularly at the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio in Lancaster and is a member of the Golden Glow of Christmas Past, an international club for collectors of antique Christmas items. He has presented lectures across the country, and his articles and reviews have appeared in numerous publications including Martha Stewart Living, Town and Country, and Woman’s Day.
After the talk, Johnson and a team of local experts, including Greg and Kathy Gregory and Jim and Pam Thomas, will look at and help identify any antique or vintage Christmas items that audience members bring from their own collections. People may bring any small, portable, vintage Christmas items, not only those made during the 1930s. Not certain if something is old? The Taft’s experts will know.
“Many people have Christmas decorations from the 1930s, ‘40s, or even earlier that they themselves purchased or that they inherited from a parent or grandparent. This program will let them share the family history of their keepsakes and find out something about the item’s manufacture and value,” explains Cate O’Hara, associate curator of public programs for the Taft Museum of Art and moderator for the program.
Interested participants may stay after the program for a tour of Antique Christmas, a display of antique Christmas ornaments, decorations, cards, toys, and feather trees displayed throughout the rooms of the historic house. Antique Christmas is on view through January 13, 2013.
Cost is $12 for the public and includes museum admission. Taft Museum of Art members attend for free. To purchase tickets, call (513) 684-4515 or visit www.taftmuseum.org.


The Taft Museum of Art is supported in part by the generosity of individuals and businesses that give annually to ArtsWave. The Ohio Arts Council helps fund the Museum with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

The Taft Museum of Art is accredited by the American Association of Museums and is affiliated with the Association of Midwest Museums and the Ohio Museums Association.

Mission Statement
The Taft Museum of Art welcomes people of every background to experience a world-renowned collection in a beautiful historic house. Through its intimate presentation of the Tafts' treasures and its engaging exhibitions, programs, and activities, the Museum creates enjoyment and learning opportunities for all.

Diversity Statement
The Taft Museum of Art respects the dignity of all people and values what each member of our team brings to the organization. Accordingly, the Museum is committed to building an inclusive environment that welcomes and values diversity. This includes our staff, board of directors, volunteers and visitors. As an organization we recognize the importance of attracting and retaining talented people of different backgrounds. We understand how a diverse work team of staff, board of directors and volunteers benefits our organization by enabling us to draw upon a richness of resources. We want all our team members to feel appreciated for their uniqueness, so we work to foster an environment that provides everyone equal access to information and opportunities. This ensures that each person learns, grows, excels and maximizes his or her personal contributions. The Museum will thus be able to tap into a greater wealth of knowledge, perspectives, and experiences to develop and deliver programs and services to an increasingly diverse audience.

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