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Students get taste of 1800s Christmas at Museum of Industry in Stellarton

Cameron Horton had the opportunity to learn how to make a Christmas card with a printing press during a visit to the Museum of Industry in Stellarton on Friday. Pictured showing him how to use the press is education curator Andrew Phillips.
Cameron Horton had the opportunity to learn how to make a Christmas card with a printing press during a visit to the Museum of Industry in Stellarton on Friday. Pictured showing him how to use the press is education curator Andrew Phillips. - Adam MacInnis

Students visiting the Museum of Industry got to step back in time and see how Christmas cards would have been made more than a century ago.

Thursday students visiting the Stellarton museum were shown by education curator Andrew Phillips how presses were set up with printing ink and letters and then used to produce cards.

The goal of the program called Christmas Pioneers is to show students what Christmas was like for their ancestors.

As they tour the museum students get a sense of what it was like in a time before big-box stores and online shopping when homemade toys and simple gifts were used to express the spirit of the season.

During the program, students tour the pre-industrial exhibits and interactive displays. In addition to printing a Christmas card, they have a chance to make a simple toy, which would have been familiar to children of the past. The program concludes with a candy-cane and a story about Christmas in the mid 19th century.

Marketing services officer Denise Taylor said they’ve had a steady stream of students visiting the museum this year with schools bringing their students from across the region to learn at the museum.

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