The Howard County Historical Society sponsored “Hometown Christmas” Sunday afternoon at the 1912 E.A. Williams Chapel/Museum in Nashville.
The program attracted a standing-room only crowd to the recently restored museum, which is housed in the former Presbyterian Church. The facility was decorated with fresh greenery as it might have been in 1912.
HCHS president Freddie Horne welcomed the crowd and also closed the program.
The Agape Handbell Choir from First United Methodist Church of Nashville presented “We Three Kings.”
Fifth graders Kyleigh Kuykendall and Emmie Gregory read the holiday classic “’Twas The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore.
Rex Moorer read the Christmas story from Luke 2:1-20.
Jimmy Dale presented a Christmas acrostic, connecting different parts of the holiday season to the letters found in the word “Christmas.”
Eighth grader Kara Connell sang “Do You Hear What I Hear?”
David E. Young led congregational Christmas carols, including “Away in a Manger” and “Silent Night.” Young and Horne accompanied the audience on guitars.
Moorer gave the closing prayer.
Horne said the Christmas event provided the public an opportunity to see the work which has been done at the historic structure.
“After two years of renovation, the museum opened in August but many folks in the county haven’t had the chance to visit yet,” Horne said. “This gave everyone the opportunity to come see the museum decorated for Christmas and join with friends and neighbors in celebrating the joy of the holidays.”
The museum is located on the corner of Hempstead and 2nd Street in Nashville. The building’s architecture is a combination of two styles, High Victorian Gothic and Stick Style. It is the only structure in southwest Arkansas built in this style.
The Museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 12-4. For more information contact Horne at 870-451-4288.