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posted: 12/18/2012 8:42 AM

Elgin museum hosts 'Touching on Traditions' festivities

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Submitted by Elgin Public Museum

As part of its ongoing "Touching on Traditions" festivities, the Elgin Public Museum invites you to hear about "Ancient Cultural Traditions and the Solstice" Friday, Dec. 21, discovering long-gone cultures and the astronomical significances of the winter solstices.

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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 campfire at 7 p.m.

The cost is $5 per person, $3 per member. Call (847) 741-6655 or email russell_epm@cityofelgin.org to register.

Start a winter holiday tradition with your family by visiting the Elgin Public Museum's 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 diversity that is now part of our cultural heritage.

"Touching on Traditions" will be open daily beginning Saturday, Dec. 22, through the end of the month. Hours are noon to 4 p.m.; noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 24 and Dec. 31. The museum will be closed Dec. 25.

Admission to the exhibit is $2 for adults and $1 for children ages 3-11. "Touching on Traditions" will be at the museum building in Elgin's Lords Park, 225 Grand Blvd. Visit elginpublicmuseum.org.

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 russell_epm@cityofelgin.org.

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

Join a special Bison Feeding in Lords Park at 7 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 29. Space is limited to 12, so call (847) 741-6655 or email russell_epm@cityofelgin.org to register. Cost is $2 per adult or $1 per child; free for museum members.

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