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
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.
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
November 15, 2014–December 13, 2014University 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.
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