The Lansford Historical Society will present a free, one and a half hour holiday musical program on Sunday December 19th beginning at 6 p.m. at the new Lansford Historical Society Museum at 117-119 East Bertsch St. in Lansford. The museum is located in the former Methodist Church building on the second level above the Panther Valley Public Library.

The Program titled "A Victorian Christmas in Lansford," is a classic holiday music program featuring vintage organ and piano selections, a special guest vocalist, Christmas carols to sing along with, and d├ęcor reminiscent of Victorian times in Lansford during the Christmas season.

Swags of greens adorned with pine cones and bows adorn the ceiling of the sanctuary as was popular in churches during the Victorian period. Oil lamps and candles will illuminate the stained glass windows and pressed tin walls and ceiling. Poinsettias, Christmas trees and other decorations will adorn the altar area.

The special holiday musical program and sing-along gets underway with traditional Christmas music played on the historic church pipe organ as well as a piano. Chris Opresko of Lansford will be the featured organist. Reverends John and Marjorie Keiter will lead the program off with a prayer. Special guest vocalist Leilani Chesonis will perform her holiday music tribute. Chris Opresko and Carmen Caruso will perform a special version of Silent Night. Members of the Eckley Players theatrical group from Eckley Miners Village near Hazleton will also participate in the program wearing clothing attire from the Victorian era. The public is encouraged to wear their best Victorian styled outfit as well.

During the program, a plaque will be dedicated in the museum to the memory of Ronald Hood Sr., a dedicated and faithful historical society officer and volunteer who passed away during this past year.

Following the holiday musical performances, everyone will be treated to traditional holiday refreshments like hot chocolate and holiday Punch, along with home baked cookies and treats.

The Historical Society welcomes everyone to stay and look around the new Lansford Historical Society Museum located on the upper level. Many new artifacts and exhibits were added during 2010 to the local history museum as well as a new sign on the front of the building.

The Panther Valley Public Library located on the lower level of the building is joining with the Historical Society for this special holiday Open House and will welcome visitors to see the changes made at the library and meet the new Board of Directors. Delicious holiday refreshments and baked goods will also be offered to those who come in to see visit the library.

Visiting our new Lansford Historical Society Museum and the Panther Valley Public Library is a great learning and cultural experience for young and old alike.

For more information on this free holiday event, contact Dale Freudenberger at 610-377-4063.