Nelson Bradbury Christmas

Nelson Pioneer Farm’s Bradbury Hall is decorated for Christmas.

OSKALOOSA – Nelson Pioneer Farm and Museum is hosting a World War II Christmas themed event on Sunday, Dec.8 in Bradbury Hall from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Nelson Pioneer Farm Director and Curator Margaret Spiegel said there will be live music, coffee, tea, hot cocoa, baked goods, board games and a variety of craft activities.

“We’ve got three different groups coming, Alice’s Gospel Group, Pella Barbershop Chorus and then Del and Friends, they are going to be performing music all afternoon,” she said. “Then we will have coffee, tea and cocoa with some baked goods available for refreshments. We are also going to have tables set up throughout the hall with board games, and a few different craft activities”

Each year the Nelson Pioneer Farm hosts a Christmas celebration of some sort as a way to unify the community. This year’s war theme stems from the fact that the 78th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor is recognized the day before, Dec. 7, 1941. Spiegel said attendees will have the opportunity to make cards for veterans and our active servicemen and women at the event and the Veterans of Foreign Affairs Auxiliary will also bring cards that they have taken from the community at the mall.

“The idea is really to bring back the sense of community and just spending time together and enjoying the holidays. And since it is the day after Pearl Harbor the anniversary of Pearl Harbor, we wanted to do a nod with the World War Two scenes, so we will also be having a craft station of taking cards for servicemen and for veterans. Since that would very much have been on the mind of the community during World War II.”

A Wartime Christmas is completely free and open for all ages. Those in attendance won’t need to bring anything apart from good holiday spirits.

“Just bring themselves and be prepared to have some fun playing some board games and there will be vintage board games, as well as those crafts. So don’t worry, we’ll provide the music and the activities. We just hope you’re able to join us, it is completely family-friendly and it’s completely free.”

This weekend is a very busy one as it is filled with holiday festivities," she said. "Nelson Pioneer hopes that through everything going on community members find a way to add them into their schedules even if it’s just to stop by. I know there’s a lot going on and off Oskaloosa and all across the county this time of year but just add us to your calendar and stop by if you can.”

Although the museum will not be open this year during the event, as the cold air is harsh on the artifacts.

“We’re keeping everything in Bradbury Hall, that way it’s nice and heated, everybody’s very comfortable to enjoy the music and the activities,” she said. “Again, it is a completely free event, we will gladly accept free-will donations, but it is free. We just hope people can join us for a little while.”

Tiffany McDaniel can be reached by phone (641) 660–9659, by email at or on Twitter @tmcdaniel_osky.

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