Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Snapshots from Victorian Christmas 2013

On Saturday we welcomed nearly 300 visitors to the McConnell Mansion during our annual Victorian Christmas celebration.  Guests enjoyed beautiful holiday decorations, including arrangements from the Moscow Garden Club, while snacking on homemade treats and delicious wassail.  The musical entertainment was provided by two WSU graduate students studying music -- Julianna on the piano and Rachel on the violin.  Bing Crosby also serenaded the crowd on the Victrola.  We were delighted to see so many children in attendance, the largest number in recent memory, and each one seemed to be enjoying the craft and dress-up rooms upstairs.

Here we have gathered just a handful of photos from this wonderful event.  If you were in attendance at the Victorian Christmas and have photos that you would like to share, we'd love to see them!  Simply email them to or post them to our Facebook page.

On behalf of everyone at LCHS (Daniel, Dulce, and Hannah), we send our best wishes for a happy holiday and a joyous new year.

Interior Design students from the U of I helped us out by decorating our Christmas Trees
The ASID team that did a wonderful job decorating our trees
Two young ladies enjoying the dress-up chest
Experimenting with the pump organ
Board member and volunteer Jan supervising some young artists
Look at that smile!
Jullianna on the piano and Rachel on the violin
They played all the classics
Thank you to Nancy Ruth for inviting these fun musicians
Member and volunteer Jody with Dulce the curator
Visitors enjoying Bing Crosby and homemade cookies
Jeanette Talbott, long-time member and supporter of LCHS, with friends and family
Board member and volunteer Harriot with former director Mary
Resident photographer Cathy with Dulce
Hannah and Kitty helping out in the kitchen
Three of the fearless members of the Events Committee - Terry, Linda, and Nancy Ruth
Kitty, a devoted member of the Events Committee, with her husband and daughter
The Crandalls
As a child, what gift did you want the most?

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

A Victorian Christmas Carol

Welcome to a family-friendly atmosphere filled
with treats, children's crafts and holiday cheer!

The table is set...

The decorations are hung...

All we need are some visitors! Please join us on
Saturday, December 14th from 1 to 4 p.m. at McConnell Mansion
for our annual Victorian Christmas.

Ione Adair attending a Victorian Christmas at McConnell Mansion, c 1974. LCHS Adair Collection

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Share the Gift of Local Heritage Preservation

If you've been following our Facebook page over the last couple of weeks, you will know that today is the big day -- the Alternative Giving Market of the Palouse!  Also commonly referred to as AGMP, this event brings together 30 area non-profit organizations to promote charitable giving as holiday gifts for family and friends.  Gifts can be purchased at any price point, and donations of just $5 are enthusiastically encouraged.  As an added benefit, when you give a gift in a loved one's name, that individual will receive a delightful card notifying him or her of your generosity.

For the history buff or genealogy enthusiast who inspires a donation to LCHS, we have designed a series of attractive notes featuring some of the wonderful historic photos in our collection.

If you are unable to attend tonight's event, you can still participate by purchasing a gift online at our AGMP webpage.

Finally, LCHS memberships make a great gift for anyone who values Latah County history and cultural heritage.  Visit our website to find membership forms and information about the advantages of joining LCHS, which include quarterly newsletters, a copy of our annual publication Latah Legacy, and personal invitations to special events.!join/cwe4