Two holiday programs will enliven Eckley Miners' Village Saturday, Dec. 4.

The annual Children's Program will be held in the Village museum from 1 to 4 p.m.

Children will be able to create their own 19th century Christmas ornaments and will be treated to a wagon ride through the historic Village. Noted storyteller Kathy Long of Lehighton will entrance the children with her storytelling skills and a visit from St. Nicholas is sure to bring a smile to the children's faces. This festive event, which strives to present interesting aspects of the Village's diverse ethnic heritage, is appropriate for children aged 5 to 12.

The Victorian Christmas Fundraiser will be held at the Sharpe House from 1 to 4 p.m. Visitors will be charmed into the fullness of the holiday spirit in the historic Sharpe House, which will be decked out with Christmas trees adorned in traditional Victorian style. A Victorian tea will be served and visitors will be able to purchase ornaments created by Village volunteers as well as partake of a celebration of a bygone era. All sales proceeds benefit Eckley Miners' Village, a living history museum focusing on the daily life of the anthracite coal miner and his family.

Settled in 1854, the village is one of hundreds of company mining towns or "patches" built in the anthracite region during the 19th century. The site preserves a way of life which dominated the anthracite coal region for more than 150 years.

Eckley is located on Highland Road, near Freeland, three miles off Route 940 in Luzerne County, 10 miles east of downtown Hazleton. Please use "Eckley, PA" for online mapping or GPS technologies.

For additional information, call the Village at (570) 636-2070 or visit www.eckleyminersvillagemuseum.com. Eckley Miners' Village is administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission with active support from the Eckley Miners' Village Associates.