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Children's Christmas Tea at Historic Governor's Mansion

by Ashley Rooney

 

 

The Historic Governor’s Mansion has always been a welcoming place in Cheyenne’s community.  It has seen its fair share of smiles, be they from past Governors’ children, or their friends.  Smiles were in no short supply the past two Saturday’s when staff at the Mansion hosted their annual Children’s Tea.

              

Seventy-two children attended the two Teas where they were served hors’ devours, hot chocolate, and tea after reading the Christmas classic, “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.”

      

After their bellies were full, the children were instructed in the proper way to write a letter to Santa Claus. 

    

Unbeknown to the children, Santa made a special visit to the Mansion to collect their letters in person.

            

Attendees were able to explore the Mansion and the “Tinsel Through Time: Christmas at the Mansion” exhibit, which interprets Christmas trees and holiday traditions from the early 1900s to the early 1960s.  Thanks to all the volunteers who made this children’s event successful and memorable! 

        

The Wyoming Executive Mansion was home to 19 of Wyoming’s Governor’s and their families, including the nation’s first female Governor, Nellie Tayloe Ross.  Designed by Charles Murdock, the Mansion was modern in 1905 because of its central plumbing, hot water heat, and combination gas and electrical fixtures. Construction of the Mansion began in the spring of 1904 and was completed that fall.  Governor and First Lady Brooks opened the house in January of 1905, beginning a long tradition of entertaining and community service at the Mansion by Wyoming’s First Families.  The Mansion was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1969. In July 1977, the Historic Governors’ Mansion opened to the public as a historic house museum.

The Mansion’s winter hours are Wednesday to Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Summer hours begin June 1, 2013 and are Monday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday from 1:00-5:00 p.m. 

For more information go to http://wyoparks.state.wy.us/Site/SiteInfo.aspx?siteID=23or visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Historic-Governors-Mansion/128080243920004?ref=hl

 

Published: 12/21/2012

 


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