‘Golden Memories’ Candlelight Tours, book signing, holiday event at museum

CLINTON — Each year, during the holiday season, the C.H. Moore Homestead DeWitt County Museum is decorated in full Victorian splendor, illuminated by candles, and filled with music.  For many it has become a treasured Christmas tradition.  

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the DeWitt County Museum Association, this year’s theme is “Golden Memories.”

These special candlelight holiday tours are open to the public and take place on Friday evenings only; beginning the Friday following Thanksgiving.  On that evening, Santa will greet visitors in the carriage barn 5-7 p.m., and Woods Photography Studio will offer children and family portraits with Santa.  

The remainder of the tours will take place December 1,8,15 and 22.  In addition, the Museum Gift Shop, which offers a variety of Christmas items, gift items, candles, books by local authors, and more, will also be open during the candlelight tours.   

Guests may enter the house at the front door.  Tours are self-guided, so visitors may call anytime between the hours of 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and take as much or as little time as desired exploring the historic house, exhibits and carriage barn.  Additional parking is available in the lot directly across the street from the mansion. 

Admission is $5 for adults, ages 12-18 $2.  For those age 11-under as well as members of the DeWitt County Museum Association, admission is free.   

Book signing with Guy Fraker Friday, Dec. 1 at C.H. Moore Homestead

CLINTON — DeWitt County Museum / C.H. Moore Homestead will host a book signing from 5-8 p.m. today, Dec. 1.

Lincoln historian and author Guy Fraker will be available to sign copies of his “Looking for Lincoln in Illinois: A Guide to Lincoln’s Eighth Judicial Circuit.”

Talk to the author, purchase a copy of his book, and he’ll sign it.

Special holiday event Dec. 3

at C.H. Moore Homestead

CLINTON — The DeWitt County Museum Association will host a special ticketed holiday event at the C.H. Moore Homestead DeWitt County Museum.  

Enjoy an afternoon of holiday cheer featuring artifacts of interest, a barber shop quartet, wine, punch, hot and cold appetizers, desserts, and exclusive access to rooms throughout the Moore mansion which will be decorated in full Victorian splendor for the Christmas season.  

This special event will take place Sunday, December 3, from 2-4 p.m. at the historic Moore mansion; once the residence of one of DeWitt County’s leading citizens, law partner of Abraham Lincoln, and business partner of David Davis; Clifton H. Moore.

Tickets ($15 per single or $25 per couple) are curently available and can be purchased at the C.H. Moore Homestead DeWitt County Museum (219 E. Woodlawn, Clinton, Illinois) or credit card orders can be placed by phone at 217-935-6066.  Proceeds will benefit the museum.  

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