The Warren County Historical Society is continuing their partnership program with other local organizations this holiday season. In the past, Warren County teamed up with Big Brothers & Sisters. This year, the Warren County Historical Society has teamed up with another organization. The Warren County Historical Society, with the community thespians will produce Charles Dickens’ Christmas play, ‘A Christmas Carol’ at the Warren County Historical Center in Lebanon on December 9, 11, and 12. A dollar from each ticket sold will be donated to the Abuse & Rape Crisis Center of Warren County.
“It all stated with a call from Tammy Stebelton of Big Brothers & Sisters of Warren & Clinton Counties. I wondered if their ‘bigs and littles’ could help with a museum project,” Warren County Museum Director, Vicky Van Harlingen said. “We had just launched a gingerbread house baking contest and thought they would be a perfect match to help set up displays of the entries. We decided the entry fees for the contest would be all donated to their charity.”
The Warren County Historical Society is a private non-profit organization which operates three museums located in downtown Lebanon. This is the second year, the museum has decided to share the wealth with other local organizations. Since last year worked so well, another organization was added to their list. Earlier this year, the museum teamed up with Meals on Wheels for the elderly, disabled and children. The museum has decided to donate one dollar of each admission to Christmas at Glendower Historic Mansion to this organization as well as the Warren County Early Learning Centers.
“Visiting Glendower at Christmastime has been a family tradition for Warren County citizens for over 70 years,” said Glendower Mansion Manager, Elizabeth Grauwelman. “Now, Warren County gets to enjoy Glendower and at the same time know that part of their admission fee is helping families in need all over Warren County.”
Also, during the holiday seasons, Warren County Historical Society’s Historian, John Zimkus has been presenting a free 1890 Christmas storyteller program at the Warren County History Center during the Lebanon Horse Drawn Carriage Parade for the past 20 years. Donations from his readings have helped out the Warren County’s Interfaith Hospitality Network, a non-profit agency that helps homeless people get back on their feet. “People always seem to enjoy my stories,” he said. “And it was a very gratifying way to see how many also tossed a few dollars into my tip hat.” Warren County will continue this tradition this year as well.
So, enjoying Lebanon holiday events will also help the community.