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Louise Gardels and Michele Van Hare

Would you like to step back in time and decorate an 1880s home for Christmas? Would you like to learn the history of the objects that were a part of everyday Victorian living and share that knowledge with others? Timberlane Farm Museum is beginning a new volunteer program that focuses on the history of the homes and people who were part of the foundation of the city of Loveland, Colo. Our first project is to celebrate “A Victorian Christmas.” The event is scheduled for December 11 and 12 and will include horse drawn wagon rides complete with jingle bells, vendors of hand crafted gifts, carolers, and tours of the home built by Milo Y. Osborn.

Milo Y. Osborn was a son of Judge W.B. and Margaret Osborn who settled on a homestead in the Big Thompson Valley in 1861. In 1882, Milo Y. and his family abandoned the original log homestead cabin and constructed a brick home on the farm at 2306 East 1st Street. This became Timberlane Farm. This is the house that needs volunteers to help tell its story during the Victorian Christmas Celebration.

Volunteers are needed to act as guides, and there are opportunities for all levels of commitment. Have only a day? Would you help folks who are touring find their way? Have a couple days? Would you help decorate the home? Have an interest in history? Would you learn some of the home’s history and be an amateur docent, pointing out things like original dresses, kitchen items, or handcrafted furniture? We would also welcome musicians who would like to play in the front parlor, caroling groups, or folks who would just like to dress up in their Victorian clothing to add character to the event. Are you a vendor of handcrafted gifts? We still have a few table spaces available in a heated second building. All volunteers will get free tickets for their family for the tour and wagon rides, and of course we hope that some of you might stay on to help us develop our budding educational program!

If possible, attend one of these volunteer information meetings: Thursday, Nov. 11 at 6 p.m., or Monday, Nov.15 at 10:00 a.m., or also 6:30 p.m., or call Michele Van Hare at (970) 217-3173 to set up a time that works for you. Meetings will be held at Timberlane Farm Museum, 2306 East 1st St. Loveland, Colo.

Would you like to step back in time and decorate an 1880s home for Christmas? Would you like to learn the history of the objects that were a part of everyday Victorian living and share that knowledge with others? Timberlane Farm Museum is beginning a new volunteer program that focuses on the history of the homes and people who were part of the foundation of the city of Loveland, Colo. Our first project is to celebrate “A Victorian Christmas.” The event is scheduled for December 11 and 12 and will include horse drawn wagon rides complete with jingle bells, vendors of hand crafted gifts, carolers, and tours of the home built by Milo Y. Osborn.

Milo Y. Osborn was a son of Judge W.B. and Margaret Osborn who settled on a homestead in the Big Thompson Valley in 1861. In 1882, Milo Y. and his family abandoned the original log homestead cabin and constructed a brick home on the farm at 2306 East 1st Street. This became Timberlane Farm. This is the house that needs volunteers to help tell its story during the Victorian Christmas Celebration.

Volunteers are needed to act as guides, and there are opportunities for all levels of commitment. Have only a day? Would you help folks who are touring find their way? Have a couple days? Would you help decorate the home? Have an interest in history? Would you learn some of the home’s history and be an amateur docent, pointing out things like original dresses, kitchen items, or handcrafted furniture? We would also welcome musicians who would like to play in the front parlor, caroling groups, or folks who would just like to dress up in their Victorian clothing to add character to the event. Are you a vendor of handcrafted gifts? We still have a few table spaces available in a heated second building. All volunteers will get free tickets for their family for the tour and wagon rides, and of course we hope that some of you might stay on to help us develop our budding educational program!

If possible, attend one of these volunteer information meetings: Thursday, Nov. 11 at 6 p.m., or Monday, Nov.15 at 10:00 a.m., or also 6:30 p.m., or call Michele Van Hare at (970) 217-3173 to set up a time that works for you. Meetings will be held at Timberlane Farm Museum, 2306 East 1st St. Loveland, Colo.


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