By Kristen Miller
COKATO, MN This year’s Cokato Museum holiday exhibit titled “Winter Welcome” is now open and displays unique Christmas gifts from the past.
“We’re just trying to be festive for the holiday season,” said Mike Worcester, museum director.
For this exhibit, the museum has displayed some of its more unique holiday artifacts including toy trucks, dolls, and tea sets.
Something the museum hasn’t done for awhile is bring out the old Christmas cards in its collection. The cards range in date from 1890 to 1940.
Christmas cards during those times were much smaller than they are today, according to Worcester.
Some of the cards include an older depiction of Santa like the ones seen in the old Coca Cola advertisements, he explained.
Others are in English while some are in another language. Some cards are secular in nature while others are religious.
“It’s just a nice variety,” Worcester said.
Also on display are toys that were once likely found under a Christmas tree such as some original old metal Tonka toys. There is even a dump truck with its original box and label from the former Peterson Pharmacy in Cokato where it was purchased.
Though the collection is still slim, there are some of the older electronic toys on display including the original Nintendo.
Worcester will accept more toy electronics if people are willing to part with them.
There are also dolls on display; some that are quite old and rare, he said.
This exhibit will run through mid-February.
Regular museum hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sundays noon to 4 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays and will be closed Friday, Dec. 24 starting at noon through Sunday, Dec. 26. It will also be closed Saturday, Jan. 1.
The Cokato Museum has two upcoming events scheduled in January. They are:
• New Year’s Open House Sunday, Jan. 2 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the library’s Centennial Room. This will included the Finnish New Year’s tradition of tin melting.
• fourth annual Upper Midwest Model T Snowmobile Rally Saturday, Jan. 15 through Sunday, Jan. 16 in Peterson Park.