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posted: 12/10/2012 8:54 PM

Families can spend 'Night with Traditions' at Elgin museum

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Submitted by Elgin Public Museum

As part of its ongoing "Touching on Traditions" festivities, the Elgin Public Museum will host "A Night with Traditions" from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14. In place of Family Science Night, enjoy the stories, crafts and foods of different winter holidays highlighted in this interactive, drop-in program. The cost is $2 per person and no reservations are required.

December's PAWS -- "Cool Cultures" -- is canceled, but people who were interested in the program are encouraged to join us for "A Night with Traditions."

Start a meaningful winter holiday tradition with your family by visiting the Elgin Public Museum's authentic and culturally inclusive winter holiday exhibition, which features displays and objects of traditional holiday significance from 62 displays. People from around the world who have made their homes in the Elgin area have brought with them a variety of beliefs and traditions. This variety has given the Elgin community a rich diversity which is now part of our cultural heritage.

"Touching on Traditions" will be open to the public Dec. 15-16. The exhibition then will be open daily beginning Dec. 22 through the end of the month. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Hours will be shortened on Dec. 24 and Dec. 3 from noon to 3 p.m. The museum will be closed Dec. 25. Visit the International Gift Shop for holiday presents. Admission to the exhibit is $2 for adults and $1 for children ages 3-11. "Touching on Traditions" will be at the museum building located in Elgin's Lords Park at 225 Grand Blvd. Visit

The Elgin Public Museum Educational staff offers group programs for schools, Scouts, clubs and adult groups, available weekdays and Saturdays during the month of December. Discover the back stories, folklore, and special traditions behind the exhibits that were originally developed by Elgin area families who have immigrated from other regions.

For information regarding available times and fees, contact the Elgin Public Museum at (847) 741-6655 or Spaces still available.

There will be other special events during "Touching on Traditions."

The Elgin Public Museum invites you to hear about "Ancient Cultural Traditions and the Solstice" on Friday, Dec. 21, discovering long-gone cultures and the astronomical significances of the winter solstices. The museum will open at 6:30 p.m. so participants can browse the "Touching on Traditions" exhibition, then begin the program with the burning of the Yule Log around the glowing campfire at 7 p.m. Enjoy cider and treats! The cost is $5 per person, $3 per member. Call (847) 741-6655 or email to register.

Join a special Bison Feeding in Lords Park at 7 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 29. There is nothing like seeing the bison, deer and elk up close during the winter, when the park is quite with a chill in the air. Space is limited to 12, so call (847) 741-6655 or email ahead to register. Cost is $2 per adult or $1 per child; museum members are admitted free.

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