By JESSICA CRAWFORD
• Leader & Times
Employees and volunteers alike have been working hard to ready the grounds of the Coronado Museum for its annual Christmas Open House from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Historical Society Executive Director JoAnne Mansell would like to invite the community to join her and her staff for an afternoon of music and fellowship.
“It is a time to renew friendships,” Mansell said. “Come and have a cup of Dorothy’s House Blend Coffee. It is the only place that it can be purchased. If people come out, they can also do some of their Christmas shopping in our gift shop. We have very unique Christmas gifts.”
Missy Feldhausen of the Coronado Museum added the musical talents of Steve Leete will be featured during this year’s Christmas Open House.
Mansell said anyone interested in having an order shipped can call the Coronado Museum at 624-7624 by Dec. 17.
“People can call us and place an order, we would be happy to fill a Christmas order and ship it for them,” she said. “If they see an item Sunday that they would like to ship, just call us and we would be glad to ship that out for them.”
Deb Willard said there are many unique gift ideas available at the Coronado Museum’s gift shop.
“We have San Francisco Music Box items,” she said. “We have Madame Alexander dolls – we have four Margaret Pellegrini dolls that are signed by Margaret Pellegrini. We have ruby slippers, figurines, snow globes, we have a ‘Click Your Heels’ music box and we also have Dorothy and Glenda jewelry boxes for children.”
Much time has been put into decorating the museum. Mansell was very grateful to all of her staff and volunteers that have lent a hand to prepare the grounds for the Christmas Open House.
“We would like to thank all of the volunteers for helping us decorate,” she said. “We would also like to thank the City of Liberal for helping us remove the many leaves from the grounds. They were out all day on Thursday helping us. The city has helped us tremendously. We would also like to thank our board.”
Willard said the Christmas Open House is a way of thanking the community for supporting the Historical Society throughout the past year.
“That is what our open house is about, inviting the public to the house because this is their Historical Society,” Willard said. “This is our way of thanking them for their dedication and loyalty to the Historical Society.”