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Improving The Community One Project At A Time” PO Box 117 -  Alderson W Va.  24910 © Alderson Main Street 2014 Becoming Christmas Exhibit at the North House Museum This holiday season the Greenbrier Historical Society’s North House Museum is exploring the beginnings of one of  America’s most beloved holidays - Christmas. The exhibit opened on November 23, 2014 will be available until  January 3, 2015. The exhibit discusses the history of many of our most common Christmas traditions and features  antique teddy bears and dolls on loan from Sue Tuckwiller McKinney. Christmas started to become the holiday that we all know and love in the early 1800’s, with the popularity of the  poem The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore. Soon after, Christmas trees started to be seen  throughout the United States, and the practice of giving gifts spread. Santa Claus started making an appearance in print, and then in person in many department stores. Over the last century, Christmas has continued to thrive as a  national holiday, but the holiday has some interesting beginnings. To learn more about this fun and interesting  holiday, and to see some adorable antique bears, please visit the Becoming Christmas exhibit. The exhibit will on display from November 23rd to January 3rd at the Greenbrier Historical Society’s North House  Museum, located at 301 West Washington Street in Lewisburg. GHS is open free of charge Monday through  Saturday from 10am to 4pm or by appointment. For more information, contact us at 304.645.3398 or Or like us on Facebook.  The exhibit was researched and designed, in part, by Amy Lewis, an AmeriCorps member with Appalachian Forest  Heritage Area. The Appalachian Forest Heritage Area is an effort to integrate central Appalachian forest history,  culture, natural history, products, and forestry management into a heritage tourism initiative to promote rural  community development. This grassroots partnership works in West Virginia and western Maryland to explore the  relationship between the Appalachian highlands forest and the people who live within it. Contact: Elizabeth McMullen          (click on photos for larger view)