Dave Broman, executive director of the Howard County Historical Society, sends this Cheer for those who decorated and visited the Seiberling Mansion over the holidays:
“December was a wonderful month at the Seiberling Mansion for visitors of all ages. Thousands toured during the ‘Snowman Spectacular,’ enjoying a bit of our history as well as the holiday decorations. The decorators brought their best ideas and put in hundreds of hours preparing for guests, and we owe them a tremendous debt of gratitude for sharing their Christmas spirit. The sponsors helped defray the costs and made it possible for many to visit the mansion free of charge during several special evenings. The historical society’s volunteers went above and beyond to keep the mansion open, answer questions, greet visitors, host tour groups, organize the carriage rides, and serve cookies and wassail. Even Santa Claus volunteered to spend some time in the Elliott House and the Seiberling Mansion.
“The sponsors for Christmas at the Seiberling were: The Wyman Group, Ivy Tech Community College, Community First Bank, Duke Energy (hosting CEO Night as well as the Candlelight Tours), Financial Builders Credit Union, and Haynes International. We thank them for keeping this wonderful holiday tradition alive.
“The decorators were: Tri Kappa, Gen. James Cox Chapter of DAR, Great Faith Church, Altrusa, Ivy Tech Community College, Master Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, Symposium, the Kokomo Howard County Public Library, Leadership Kokomo, Haynes International, Peggy Hobson, Lynn Smith, Connie Hess, Teresa Fields, Barbara Bothast, Jane Kincaid, Juanita Martin Davis, Janet Schick, Dana Osburn, Rebecca Lepper, and Darrell and Bruce Blasius. Their creativity brought smiles to many faces, and we thank them for sharing their time and energy.
“We were blessed with some wonderful music during the holidays, thanks to the Kokomo Men of Note, Harmony Magic from Tipton, the Kokomo Brass, Vivace Flute Trio, the IUK Flute Choir, and the Choraleers.
“We also owe a tremendous thank-you to the Kokomo Visitors Bureau and Visit Indiana for their support, and to the media, the newspapers and radio stations that we all rely on to keep us informed.
“The volunteers are too numerous to mention by name. Suffice it to say that it takes an army of generous-hearted men and women to bring everything together for the community and share the best of Howard County with people from around the globe. Simply saying thank you seems inadequate, but I’ll say it, and say it again. Thank you.
“Seiberling Mansion is closed for January as we pack up the holiday decorations and do some serious cleaning. We’ll re-open in February, and everyone is invited to see the mansion in all its glory to learn why it’s a priceless piece of history and architecture.”