Christmas trees help preserve memories of seasons past

Each ornament and light on

the two Christmas trees that

will mark the holiday season

at Tempe History Museum, 805 E.

Southern Ave., this month will not

only represent a story in someone’s

life—it will help preserve the stories

of others.

For the 13th holiday season,

Tempe Historical Society’s Larry

Campbell Tree of Lights project,

named in honor of the Historical

Society president who started it, is

giving Tempeans an opportunity

to remember loved ones or honor

veterans or other special people in

their lives by having their names

placed on decorations for the

museum’s Christmas trees.

They can do so by making

donations of $10 each for a name

on a take-home ornament, $5 for

a tree light with an attached tag

naming the honoree. Not only will

each of those so honored represent a

special story to those remembering

them, the donations made for the

decorations will be used to help

preserve, through the museum’s Oral

History Project, the recorded stories

of longtime Tempeans who have had

roles in the city’s history.

Again this year, the project will

include a second tree solely for

honoring Tempe veterans. Proceeds

from donations for the veterans’

Christmas tree will benefit the

Veterans History Project which is

collecting stories of Tempe men and

women who have served in wartime.

The Veterans History Project and

Tempe Friends of the Library join

the Historical Society in the project

and will be host organizations for a

3-5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 7 reception in

the museum lobby and Community

Room to unveil the two Christmas

trees.

Invitations to that event have

been offered to those being honored

and to representatives of those being

remembered.

Orders and donations are

being accepted now by the Tempe

Historical Society.

Forms are available at the

museum.

— By Peggy Bryant

 

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