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One of the best ways to see the Deere-Wiman House and celebrate its 150th birthday this year is to visit on Sunday, Dec. 4, when the historic home will throw open its doors to show off the lights of the holiday season. Those who join the noon-5 p.m. event are especially fortunate that the annual Deere-Wiman House and Butterworth Center’s 19th Century Christmas will be back in all its glory this year after COVID-19 restrictions heavily impacted the 2020 and 2021 events. For example, organizers tried to offer scheduled visits in 2020 and then had to completely cancel, said Gretchen Small, the site’s director of programs and collections. In 2021, Deere-Wiman was decorated and tours were conducted in limited numbers with timed entries. “We partially decorated other buildings for the group meetings.” “This year we will be fully decorated,” she said of the properties at 1105 8th St., Moline. That means once again hundreds of visitors will be able to step back in time to experience the sights and sounds of an 1800s Christmas throughout the historic site. No registration is required and visitors are free to roam around. All four buildings will be shining so Ms. Small said visitors will be able to enjoy:
- Beautiful decorations throughout both Deere-Wiman House and Butterworth Center.
- Musical performances at Butterworth Center and Deere-Wiman House. Also, Butterworth Center will feature local youth performers.
- Children’s crafts in the Deere-Wiman Carriage House and Butterworth Education Center.
- Refreshments in Butterworth Center, DW carriage house and education center.