Landmark Lampton Auditorium commemorated on Christmas ornament

Published 9:51 pm Thursday, November 30, 2017

For many families, amassing Christmas ornaments is a time-honored tradition, and the Lincoln County Historical and Genealogical Society has created something unique for folks to add to their collections.

For the second year in a row, LCHGS has emblazoned an historic local landmark on a handcrafted holiday bobble in an effort to raise funds for the Lincoln County Historical Museum.

Last year’s ornament recognized the Warren Avenue Bridge and sold out in a single afternoon.

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“I wish I had ordered more,” LCHGS President Tammie Brewer said.

The Mary Jane Lampton Auditorium is featured on this year’s version, and Brewer believes the finished product is exceptional.

“We increased the number this year, because we had such a great response to last year’s ornament,” she said.

The auditorium was constructed during the years leading up to World War I and was originally part of Whitworth College.

Celebrated local artist Dr. Kim Sessums’ original sketch of the building is displayed on this year’s ornament.

“We’re very appreciative to Dr. Sessums,” Brewer said.

They cost $25 each and are made of porcelain, which, according to Brewer, is an upgrade from last year’s ceramic model.

“It’s really just a nicer product,” she said.

The goal behind the ornament sale is to help keep local history alive.

“All of the funds that we raise through the historical society provide for the upkeep of the Lincoln County Historical Museum,” Brewer said.

LCHGS would like to see its fundraiser become a regional holiday tradition, and the organization expects to continue honoring area landmarks on Christmas ornaments for years to come.

“We’re going to continue doing this each year with different images,” she said.

Lampton ornaments can be purchased at Vendor’s Emporium on Hwy. 51 during business hours or at the museum on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“We depend on every single donation to help us keep the museum going from week to week, so every ornament sold counts for a lot,” Brewer said.

Story by Trapper Kinchen