Nutcracker Holiday Exhibit Featured in Dollhouse Magazine

Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 3:00pm

To help the Historic Odessa Foundation celebrate 200 years of E.T.A. Hoffman's tale of The Nutcracker and The Mouse King, Dollhouse Magazine gushes over the beautiful display of over 160 nutcracker dolls and festive Christmas decorations.

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

Until New Year's Eve, December 31, guests can visit the Wilson-Warner House and explore it as the re-imagined and re-created home of the Stahlbaums — the family that figures in the Nutcracker tales. Young Marie — who is named Clara in the ballet — has the amazing dream that stars her Nutcracker Doll, cast as a brave soldier, battling against an army of marauding mice. It is a mesmerizing and truly emotional Christmas tale that has enchanted readers, inspired composers and dancers, and delighted audiences around the world.

To enhance this year’s Christmas exhibit, the Historic Odessa Foundation has over 60 nutcrackers of all shapes and sizes on loan from the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum in Leavenworth, Washington. Highlights from the collection will include 19th century German brass nutcrackers, a Swiss wood lever nutcracker in the form of a dog, a French squirrel nutcracker, and a German 5 piece set of the Nutcracker Suite nutcrackers. 

In addition, the Historic Odessa Foundation also has another 100 nutcrackers in the exhibit on loan from private collections.

Along with an amazing doll collection, several other special events are planned on the properties — including candlelight tours, storybook readings, hearth cooking demonstrations — and the chance to take an exhilarating and informative tour of book illustrations come to life.

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