Statehouse Open House shows Christmas of 1830s

Back in the days that Vandalia served as Illinois’ capital, people didn’t have strings of brightly colored lights, dancing Santas or shiny ornaments to use as decorations. So they used fresh greenery, nuts, fruits and candles to decorate their homes and workplaces.

Local residents can get a taste of 1830s decorations by attending the Christmas Open House at the Vandalia Statehouse this Saturday evening.

Running from 4:30-6:30 p.m., the event features holiday music performed on period instruments by Baroque Folk and holiday refreshments served by the Friends of the Old State Capitol.

For the open house, the Statehouse will be bathed in candlelight, just like it was when Abraham Lincoln and many other central figures in the state’s days of infancy served in that building.

Another reason for attending the open house is to acquire one of the unique and attractive handmade Christmas ornaments created by the Statehouse staff.

The event is a chance to both get into the holiday spirit and step back into the early days of Vandalia.


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