Season of Light Exhibit Next for University Museum

Posted on 11/5/2014 2:47:14 PM

The University Museum, located in IUP’s Sutton Hall, will open a special holiday exhibit November 15, 2014, which will run through Saturday, December 13. Titled “Season of Light,” the show will feature a variety of holiday decorations and items from area collectors. A public reception will be held Saturday, November 15, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. Admission to the exhibit and reception is free.

“Season of Light” is a festive holiday display featuring antique tree lights from the collection of David Neely, and Ken Vinton’s antique toy collection and Santa Claus. Both are long-time Indiana residents.

Also on display will be a variety of holiday ornaments and unique collections provided by groups and other individuals from the university and Indiana communities. This includes a unique collection of bulbs from IUP’s Office of International Education depicting Christmas traditions from around the world.

As the impetus for this exhibition, Neely explained that his light collection started after simply trying to replace the family Christmas tree star. In his perusal on eBay, Neely purchased some ornaments he noticed while searching for the star. In reaction to the purchase, he thought to himself, “You need some lights to go with these.”

Neely started searching for old light sets and found both the lights and their original boxes to be fascinating. After buying a few sets, another eBay customer e-mailed him who had noticed Neely’s eBay activity and invited him to join a Christmas light collecting group. The two formed a friendship and now, 16 years later, Neely has an extensive collection of American-made lights that includes a variety of styles spanning the early 1900s to 1960.

With the exception of a few items, Neely has what he deems as a nearly complete collection, and he continues to search for the few items missing.

Museum hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 2:00 to 6:30 p.m.; Thursday from noon to 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday from noon to 4:00 p.m. The University Museum is closed Sunday, Monday, and all university holidays. The museum will be closed November 22 through December 1 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Antique bubble light collection

University Museum

Season of Light

Season of Light

November 15, 2014
December 13, 2014

University Museum, Sutton Hall

Come one, come all, to IUP’s annual tree-lighting ceremony and kick-off the holiday season. Regular Museum Hours Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday: 2:00–6:30 p.m.Thursday: 12:00–7:30 p.m.Saturday: 12:00–4:00 p.m.Closed Sunday, Monday, and university holidays  

This event is over.

For more information, visit Season of Light, e-mail , or call 724-357-2787.