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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Happy Holidays in Paris

by Janie Moses, staff member at Sam Bell Maxey House

The holidays have arrived in Paris and at the Sam Bell Maxey House. We are in full swing with our newly developed tour written especially for the Holiday in Paris city-wide event. As I am the housekeeper and tour guide, getting the house ready for all the events is exciting. Cleaning up afterwards . . . not so exciting.

Our December tour this year compares the holiday traditions from the Gilded Age of the late 1800s with the Roaring ‘20s of the 1900s. I always enjoy the children’s tours and this year is so much fun! Third graders toured the house during the first week of December and they were great. The girls tried on a replica lady’s hat from the Gilded Age era and flirted with the fan we had on display. The boys tried on the replica top hat and walked with the gentleman’s cane, just as Senator Maxey might have done. My favorite part of the tour was in the dining room, when the kids were shocked to learn ham came from pigs! And that flowers, such as rose petals, could be eaten!

The community came out in full force to see the house and hear our new tour. We greeted our Maxey House guests with beautiful Victrola music and served them rock cookies — both were popular at the Maxey House during the 1920s. December is an exciting month in Paris, for it gives us an opportunity to work side by side with the community.

** Sam Bell Maxey House is located in Paris at the corner of Church and Washington streets in the Texas Lakes Trail Region.

1 comment:

  1. Outstanding piece concerning how to introduce children to history with fun and enthusiasm!

    Wendy ~ Ohio