December 14, 1957: Holiday season activities for everyone in the family are in full swing at The Brooklyn Museum -- including a Victorian Christmas tree aglow in the 1854 Milligan Parlor on the Fourth Floor; “Faculty Christmas Show” in the Art School galleries; a children’s Christmas Booth, adjacent to the main entrance hall Gallery Shop, stocked with colorful toys for sale from all corners of the world and a post-Christmas week filled with marionette performances of “Happy, The Humbug.”
Fuller information on these activities is included on the attached sheets.
"HAPPY, THE HUMBUG" TO START ON CHILDREN'S PROGRAM SCHEDULED AT MUSEUM DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON
The special activities planned for the holidays provide a good time for the whole family to visit and enjoy the museum.
“Happy, the Humbug” will star in the special events planned for children at The Brooklyn Museum during the holiday season. Open to children only, tickets for the six performances of “Happy, the Humbug,” by the Department of Parks Marionette Theatre, may be obtained by calling in person at the museum's Education Office. Performances will be given on Thursday, December 27 through Saturday, December 29, two showings daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., in the third floor Lecture Hall.
A program to be enjoyed by boys and girls as well as parents, is the Festival Time performance of “Amahl and the Night Visitors” by the Community Opera, Inc. on Saturday, December 22, at 3 p.m. in the third floor court.
The holiday spirit will be bright this Friday, December 14, at 10:15 a.m. when the Caroleers of Public School 9 will sing Christmas Carols in the main entrance hall of the museum.
BROOKLYN MUSEUM ART SCHOOL OFFERS "FACULTY CHRISTMAS SHOW"
An annual event of the museum's Art school is the "faculty Christmas Show," currently on view in the school's galleries through January 6. In the exhibition, representing work by noted teacher-artists on the school's staff, are some 30 paintings together with drawings, sculpture, prints, ceramics and enamels.
In announcing the exhibition, Augustus Peck, supervisor of the school, noted that all the work in the show is for sale for the benefit of the Faculty Scholarship Fund. This fund was established to enable talented students to come from all parts of the country to study at the art school.
Prices for ceramics begin at $12; drawings and paintings range from $75 to more than $400.
Exhibiting in the show are the following instructors: John Bindrum, John Dobbs, Yonia Fain, Louis Grebenak, Alfred Gutzmer, William Kienbusch, Mark Samenfeld, Manfred Schwartz, Charles Seide, Morris Schulman, Isaac Soyer and Reuben Tam -- all showing paintings. Also showing prints, Edmond Casarella and Jack Bilander; showing ceramics, Hui Ka Kwong, Harry Allan and Arthur Floyd; showing sculpture, Fred Farr, Joseph Konzal and Hugo Robus; showing enamels, Oppi Untracht.
BROOKLYN MUSEUM GALLERY SHOP FEATURES CHRISTMAS BOOTH FOR CHIlDREN STOCKED WITH TOYS FROM ALL PARTS OF THE WORLD
Wide Selection Of Toys From South-Of-The-Border Featured
Balsa boats from Lake Titicaca, knitted dolls from the high Andes, magic merry-go-rounds from Guatemala and gay Mayan “treasure boxes” are only a few of the unusual toys to be found stocking the shelves of the special Christmas booth for children available at the Gallery Shop of The Brooklyn Museum.
During the pre-holiday season, a special booth filled with ChrIstmas gift ideas for children has been placed in the main entrance hall of the museum. The wide selection of crafts in the booth, primarily from South-of-the-Border countries, range in price from 25 cents to $1.00. Other items include original dolls from Japan, Portugal, Peru, Ecuador, Italy and India; wood birds and puppets from Sweden. These toys range in price from 25 cents to $10.
VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS TREE SET IN MILLIGAN PARLOR
A small Victorian-trimmed tree brings a spot of the Christmas season as celebrated in another day to the fourth floor of the Brooklyn Museum. The tree may be seen after December 13 in the elegant 1854 Milligan parlor, one of four distinguished 19th Century rooms installed on the fourth floor of the museum.
Inspired by an 1850 Winslow Homer print for Harper’s Weekly, the tree was decorated by Jess Brown. Mr. Brown kept the trimmings true to the period, using small white candles and colorful cornucopias overflowing with marzipan candies. Under the trees are a music box, dolls, games and toys of the period from the museum's collections.
The parlor was formerly in the Saratoga, New York home of Robert Milligan.
Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1953 - 1970. 1957, 064-68.