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Lindsborg to celebrate an ‘Old-Fashioned Christmas’

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, at 10:43 p.m.

The Old Mill Museum in Lindsborg is celebrating an “Old-Fashioned Christmas” beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday.

The museum grounds will be lit by kerosene lanterns and entertainment will include music, drama and children’s activities.

Performances will be ongoing throughout the evening.

Millers will provide guided tours of the historic mill every half hour. The Smoky Valley Roller Mill operated from 1898 until it closed in 1955. Four years later, it was deeded to the McPherson Fish and Game Commission and then to McPherson County in 1962.

Restoration of the mill, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, began in 1974 and was finished in 1981.

The museum complex also includes buildings that illustrate the area’s history — a Union Pacific depot and the Swedish pavilion from the 1904 World’s Fair. The pavilion was shipped from Sweden to the United States to house Sweden’s exhibits for the fair. Following its use there, it was purchased from the Swedish government and brought to Lindsborg.

Cost for the “Old-Fashioned Christmas” is $2 for adults; $1 for children ages 6 to 12; and those under 6 are admitted free.

For more information, call 785-227-3595, or visit the museum’s website at www.oldmillmuseum.org.

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