The 30th annual Victorian Christmas celebration of festivities and shopping will be held for Central Missourians from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Thursday, November 14, at the National Churchill Museum.
“Those on the search for beautiful and unusual holiday gifts will be able to check items off their shopping list while enjoying the refreshments and holiday decorations at the Museum,” says Dr. Rob Havers, Executive Director of the Museum.
Jewelry, scarves, gourmet foods, home décor items and holiday decorations are just a few of the items local shoppers will find on display.
Those coming to the celebration from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. that day can enjoy a traditional English Kettledrum Tea.
Later in the day from 5 p.m.-7 p.m., spirits and edibles will be served and an auction of additional gift items will be held.
All proceeds from Victorian Christmas benefit the National Churchill Museum.
The National Churchill Museum on the campus of Westminster College in Fulton, MO is the only North American institution fully devoted to immortalizing the life and work of Churchill. The heart of the Museum is the magnificent Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury, a 17th century Christopher Wren church left in ruin from German bombings during World War II. This beautiful house of worship was brought stone by stone from England to Westminster and restored on campus in 1969.
Beneath the Church is a state-of-the-art Museum that combines interactive technology to tell Churchill’s story through sight, sound and touch. In 2006, Chris Matthews, MSNBC commentator, was present at the opening of this new $4 million exhibition and said its ability to bring history to life in a dynamic, stimulating fashion was incredible and that it rivaled that of the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.
Adjacent to the National Churchill Museum stands a sculpture by Edwina Sandys, Churchill’s granddaughter, entitled “Breakthrough,” which was constructed from eight sections of the Berlin Wall to commemorate the demise of the “Iron Curtain” that Sir Winston had predicted. Visitors may also enjoy the historic gymnasium where Churchill delivered his world famous “Iron Curtain Speech” in 1946 on another part of campus.
The National Churchill Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and every first Thursday of the month observes extended hours until 7 p.m. Regular admission prices are Adults-$6, Seniors-$5, College Students and Youth-$4, Children (6-11)-$3, and Children (5 and under)-free.