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Springfield History Museum windows dance with holiday cheer

The Springfield Mayor’s Christmas Tree is shining bright on the Springfield square and festive displays have come to life in downtown windows!

The History  Museum on the Square presents Clara’s Christmas Dream – The Nutcracker in its windows this holiday season. Over 20 businesses and  organizations, including the museum, are taking part in the Team ANA 417 Team Downtown Springfield Holiday Challenge — festooning windows  and making the season bright. Last year, the museum took first place for its entry Once Upon a Christmas Past which featured scenes of times gone  by and traditions of both yesteryear and today.

Clara’s Christmas Dream – The Nutcracker is the creative expression of Mary Haseltine McQueary, president of the board of directors for the  History Museum on the Square.

This year’s display is especially close to McQueary’s heart as the theme reflects her passion for the ballet. She has been an active supporter of the  Springfield Ballet for decades; her daughter even danced the role of Clara many years ago. ”

John Sellars, History Museum on the Square executive director, is excited to share these holiday windows with the community and hopes many will  come explore all that downtown and the museum have to offer. The museum features eight interactive galleries where guests step back in time to  discover and learn more about our region’s imprint on America’s past.

The museum is currently open Wednesday through Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.,  and Sundays, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Sellars also reminds you that if the museum windows leave you wanting more, that the Springfield Ballet is presenting  The Nutcracker December 17–20 at the historic Landers Theatre also located in beautiful downtown Springfield, MO. As the Downtown  Springfield Association reminds us, it’s all downtown!

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