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December 13, 2013

Larry O'Dell
Oklahoma Historical Society405-522-6676

Murrell Home Hosts Christmas Open House

The George M. Murrell Home in Park Hill has rescheduled its 13th annual Christmas Open House for Saturday, December 21, 2013, from 1to 4 p.m. Visitors are invited to tour the 1845 mansion and learn about Christmas customs from the mid-Victorian period. The halls will be decked in Christmas fashions of the 1800s, and live music will fill the air. The Friends of the Murrell Home will sponsor a reception with refreshments.

The event will also feature the premier of a special exhibit entitled "Medicines and Illness in the Nineteenth Century." The exhibit will highlight the treatment of disease in the 1800s and display examples of medical instruments and accessories.

The Open House will coincide with the museum's monthly 3rd Saturday Living History program, where staff will instruct visitors on how to make traditional Victorian Christmas decorations, including Moravian stars, gilded walnut ornaments, stockings, and more. Crafts will begin at 10 a.m. and continue through the afternoon.

The Murrell Home Christmas Open House and Third Saturday Living History Programs are free and open to the public, but donations are appreciated. The museum is located three miles south of Tahlequah at 19479 E. Murrell Home Rd. in Park Hill. The 1845 plantation home was the residence of George and Minerva (Ross) Murrell, and it is a National Historic Landmark. For more information, contact the Murrell Home at 918-456-2751 or visit www.facebook.com/murrellhome.

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