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David Davis Mansion 2014 Calendar of Events

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Christmas at Clover Lawn

November 28 - December 31

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Wednesday - Saturday

The David Davis Mansion State Historic Site will be lavishly decorated for Christmas and open for free public tours November 28 – December 31. Fourteen sumptuously decorated trees – count them!! – will grace the Mansion’s rooms, each echoing a different theme of the times.

Visitors will be able to view authentic Victorian–era Christmas decorations, including the same kinds of ornaments that were featured on the Downton Abbey Christmas tree during several Christmas episodes of the popular PBS television series. The Mansion will feature toys, foods, customs and traditions of Christmas in the 1870’s through 1910.

New this year will be a display of Christmas gifts that were available to purchase from department stores, such as Selfridge’s. The custom of giving purchased gifts at Christmas, rather than handmade articles, reflects the beginning of the consumer era and the start of the ritual of “Christmas shopping”.

Daily tours will be given Wednesday through Saturday, 9am to 4pm. A donation of $4 for adults and $2 for children is suggested to help keep the Mansion and other State Historic Sites open.

“Christmas at Clover Lawn” is sponsored by the David Davis Mansion Foundation and the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. The David Davis Mansion State Historic Site is administered by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. For more information, call the Mansion Visitors Center at 309-828-1084.

Watch for more details on these events as they get nearer. For more information, contact the David Davis Mansion at (309) 828-1084.

Prologue to Presidency: Abraham Lincoln on the Illinois Eighth Judicial Circuit

Ongoing Exhibit

Funded by a total of $33,000 in grants from several organizations, this is the first of such major exhibits to be created in the local Lincoln legacy programs, and is housed in the Lincoln-era barn on the grounds of the David Davis Mansion. The project is sponsored by the former Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission of McLean County as part of the celebration of the Lincoln Bicentennial. The exhibit development was also supported by the Illinois Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, the Bloomington-Normal Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition. The Heritage Association of McLean County is working with the Davis Mansion staff and Foundation to promote the exhibit and create related educational programs and special events. For more information, contact the David Davis Mansion State Historic Site at (309) 828-1084.

Looking for Lincoln and Davis

Special exhibits and educational programs related to Abraham Lincoln and David Davis are part of a statewide tourism program. Call (309) 828-1084 for more information.

Victorian History Program and Tour

Presented by The Tea Ladies, Inc.

Join The Tea Ladies for any of several entertaining and factual Victorian programs presented in the formal parlor of the David Davis Mansion. Programs are presented in Victorian costume by Nancy Perzo and Karen Patton. For further information on available programs, scheduling, and cost, contact Nancy Perzo at (309) 827-2200 and visit The Tea Ladies website

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