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"'Tis the Season" exhibit to open at local museum
Posted 11 - 24 - 2015

The Sterne-Hoya Museum House and Library will host the opening of "'Tis the Season" Christmas exhibit on Saturday, December 19th from 6 P.M. to 9 P.M. The event will feature a mid-1800's styled Christmas celebration and special holiday exhibits. In the words of Adolphus Sterne, "It will be a very fine frolic".


Guests will be greeted on a muslin-wrapped porch and served warm wassail, much as the guests of Adolphus Sterne may have been greeted during the holidays of the 1840's. In addition to the silhouettes of dancing guests on the porch, the house will be decorated as described in Mr. Sterne's diary, using garland and other greenery instead of a Christmas tree and tinsel. The holiday exhibits will feature typical holiday games, food, fashion, music and dancing, and other traditions of the era, allowing guests to experience an authentic old-fashioned Nacogdoches Christmas. The 'Tis the Season event is free, but donations will be accepted.


The Sterne-Hoya House Museum & Library was built by Nicholas Adolphus Sterne in 1830 and was the center of social activities in Nacogdoches during Sterne's life. The City of Nacogdoches Historic Sites Department is proud to maintain this building and host several historical events every year.


The holiday exhibits will remain on display until Dec. 31 and tours will be given during normal museum hours: Tues-Sat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The Sterne-Hoya House Museum & Library is located at 211 S. Lanana Street. For more information, contact the Historic Sites Department at 936-560-5426 or by email at

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