Holiday Exhibit: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
You are cordially invited - though December 31st- to step back in time through the doors of the Historic Odessa Foundation again this holiday season! For the past 30 years the Historic Odessa Foundation has celebrated children’s literature by recreating scenes from the classics in one of our 18th-century houses.
Our visiting public have been treated to the wonderful literary works of Charles Dickens, Louisa May Alcott, Jane Austen, Beatrix Potter, and now Lewis Carroll…and that’s just to name a few.
Join Alice in Wonderland for the Holidays
Transport yourself into Alice’s curious dream where the period rooms of the National Historic Register, Wilson-Warner House have been transformed into fantastic vignettes adapted from Lewis Carroll’s classic tale. The original manuscript was presented by the author as “A Christmas gift to a dear child (Alice Liddell) in memory of a summer day.” The document was later published in time for Christmas in 1865. Come celebrate the 150th anniversary of this delightful story and get reacquainted with the characters as Alice grows up. Visit this unique Christmas tradition in historic Odessa and make it part of your family tradition.
Alice’s adventures start after she falls asleep and enters her wonderland by tumbling down a rabbit hole. She is led on her adventures by the White Rabbit who continues through rooms that include the hall of doors where she grows larger and smaller; the iconic Mad Hatter tea party where she discovers that it’s always tea time; the Queen’s croquet ground where the mallets are flamingos and the balls are hedgehogs; the King’s courtroom where Alice becomes a witness to the absurd proceedings related to who stole the tarts; the evidence from Alice where she discovers that the court characters are nothing but a pack of cards; and finally the Christmas parlor where Alice awakens from her wonderful dream to have tea. This last scene has been added to include the Christmas theme.
Photo credit: Illustration by John Tenniel from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, 1865 by Lewis Carroll