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The holiday season is upon us and at this time of the year our thoughts turn to our neighbors here in Unionville. As in the past, our business neighbors will be presenting a group of Christmas trees, on display here at the Museum, each decorated by a different business as their present to the community. In addition, the Museum and many local businesses have partnered with the Unionville Village Improvement Association to offer another “Jingle Bell Jubilee” – a time for families to join their neighbors to celebrate Christmas or one of the other holidays of warmth and good cheer that occur during this time of the year.
Another group of our neighbors, artists who freely use their gifts to provide the Museum with a holiday fundraiser that has become a tradition here at the Museum. This year, 18 of them have decorated Christmas ornaments to be sold via a silent auction for the benefit of the Museum. Some examples of this year’s group can be seen here. Please stop by during the Jingle Bell Jubilee on December 5th (Museum hours 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.) or any Sunday, Wednesday or Saturday until December 20th when the auction closes or until January 10th when the Yuletide exhibit closes.
Finally, our thanks to all of our neighbors here in Unionville Village for joining us in another year of collecting objects from Unionville’s past and interpreting and presenting Unionville’s story. If you are a board member or a volunteer, a member or a donor, we depend on you to keep us going. And those of you who find the time to stop by to see our exhibits and other events – you are our reason for being. Thank you one and all.
Our 2016 Unionville Museum Souvenir Calendar is ready for sale at the following outlets: Parsons Hardware, Walgreens Pharmacy, The Bottle Shop, George’s Restaurant, the Farmington Library (Main Library at the Lending Services desk in the front lobby) and the Farmington Town Hall (at the Information desk). The price is $8.00 and we will also be selling them outside Stop & Shop on November 29th and December 5th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
If you wish to order one to be mailed to you, please send your mailing address and a check for $10.00 to the Unionville Museum, 15 School Street, Unionville, CT 06085.
The grand opening of our annual Yuletide in Unionville display will be on Saturday, December 5. The Museum will be open for its regular hours of 2-4 p.m. and will remain open from 4-6 p.m., during the UVIA’s 5th annual “Jingle Bell Jubilee”. Come and enjoy the beautiful trees decorated for your pleasure by our neighbors, the businesses of Unionville. And be sure to bid on the beautiful hand-made Christmas ornaments we will be auctioning through December 20th. For more details and pictures, click here. And for details of the Jingle Bell Jubillee, click here.
Learn More About Us
In Fall, 1983, the Tunxis Senior Citizens Association vacated the Carnegie library building, moving into the former church hall behind the library building. Proposals for the now-empty library building’s use immediately began flying, but by December 22nd, the building was awarded to the proposed Museum of Unionville History.
By the end of the following year, Unionville’s 150th anniversary, the new museum was opening its first exhibit. Since then we have presented more than sixty additional exhibits as we carry out our mission.
Our Fall 2012 exhibit included a group of snapshots from the Museum’s collection of Unionville residents who fought in WWII. This set of pictures is incomplete – some pictures are missing names and some WWII veterans who lived in Unionville at the time are not included at all. The Museum is interested in adding photographs of as many missing vets as possible. Please click here to see a list of the pictures we already have and contact information to donate new ones. Over time we will also be adding copies of the pictures as we continue to scan them.