While most museums focus on displaying and interpreting their own collections, every once in a while it is beneficial to show other collections. Whether it is from a private collector or another museum, displaying outside collections is a great way of showing visitors a diversity of objects within the museum’s mission that itself may not possess.

A great example of this is at the Wildwood Historic Center’s upcoming event, “Heirloom Christmas.”  With the consigned local art work removed for the season from the Art Barn, the space will be used for a china display.  Set out as vintage table settings, the china and other table ware are temporarily on loan from individuals in the community. This is a great way to not only show a variety of antique china patterns but to give local residents an opportunity to publically display their personal collections.

A Christmas tea with Victorian desserts will also be served in the Art Barn as a part of the event. The Wildwood House is still decorated with Victorian decorations for the holiday and will feature Angie Madison playing carols on the Steinway in the formal parlor. This is a fun way to kick off the holiday season and to see some of the treasures owned by local residents. The event will be held on Sunday, Dec. 6, from 1 to 4 p.m.  Admission is a $3 donation. While open to the public, reservations for groups can be made by calling (402) 873-7164.

Wildwood Historic Center’s “Heirloom Christmas”
Sunday, Dec. 6, 1 to 4 p.m.
420 Steinhart Park Rd.
Nebraska City