Celebrating Christmas, museum-style

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(Posted Dec. 15, 2022)

By Sarah Slayman, Staff Photographer

The Madison County Historical Society hosted a Charles Dickens-themed Christmas celebration at the museum in London on Dec. 11.

Madison County Historical Society board members pose with Mr. & Mrs. Clause at the society’s annual Christmas at the Museum on Dec. 11: (from left) museum director Ned DeCamp, board president J.T. Byrd, Annette Rinesmith, Nancy Robinson, Matt McCain, Melinda Scott, and Charlie Fisher.
Madison County Historical Society museum director Ned Decamp poses with a National cash register from the 1920s. The antique is part of a display at the museum that replicates a cigar shop once located in downtown London. All of the register’s features are intact, some of which DeCamp demonstrates to children who visit the museum for tours. About the cigar shop, Society board member Nancy Robinson said, “ I remember going there when I was little, and everything inside this (replica) store is exactly like it was.”
For more than a decade, these friends from London have been joining the fun at the Madison County Historical Society’s annual Christmas at the Museum celebration. They enjoy cookies and punch and time spent together: (left, front to back) Doris Spahn, Betty Porter, Grace Feyh, Jacque Daugherty; (right, front to back) Joe Brackett, Glenn Feyh and Dottie McCann.
Santa listens intently as Milly Byrd of London tells him what she wants for Christmas. He jokingly asked if the present on her head wasn’t enough for this year.

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