A Christmas Tree exhibition?! I couldn't miss it! I mean really, at only about a 50 minute drive, could you?
It's at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley. An American Christmas runs until January 8th and it's pretty incredible and so creative!
Each tree represents a particular decade, beginning in the same decade as the Declaration of Independence. You cannot believe what they put on these trees! I don't have many distance shots in this post, because with my little "point and shoot" camera, you can't really see what anything is, from more than a few feet away.
There were so many "decorations" on each tree, reflecting what was going on in American society and the culture during a particular decade. (1700-2010) I basically picked the photos that weren't blurry since I wasn't using a flash. There was so much more than what I have shown here! You could go back over and over and notice something different every time.
Among other things, this tree (below) represented the Louisiana Purchase, which doubled the country's size and the famous Lewis and Clark expedition which happened a year later.
I think this was the 1810-1819 tree, but I'm not sure. I just love having a wooden ship on a tree!
1830-1839 There was a lot of things going on this tree including Davey Crockett's coonskin hat, Sam Houston's portrait, references to the Alamo and the kindergarden movement.
The frontier, westward movement, wagon trains and the discovery of gold at Sutter's Mill, as well as works by Poe and Longfellow.
Included a copy of the Gettysburg Address and Lincoln's stovepipe hat and Emancipation proclamation.
The industrial Age ... a railroad boom, newly developing athletic sports like tennis and football and the establishment of Yellowstone Park.
1890-1899 The Ferris Wheel at the Chicago World's Fair, the establishment of Yosemite National Park .... the Happy Birthday melody ...
The Wright Brothers tested their Wright Flyer, Henry Ford introduced the model T, Sears Roebuck catalogs and mass production of things like Teddy bears, as well as a telephone and a newspaper with the tragedy of the San Francisco earthquake in the headlines ... all were represented on this tree.
The jazz Age, American prosperity, prohibition, Babe Ruth and Charles Lindbergh ...
1950-1959 with the 1960-1969 tree in the background ( Please click on photos to enlarge, for more detail!)
The photos to the left are veterans who volunteer as docents at the library ...
There were all sorts of things on this tree but I went with E.T.
2010-2119 (Doesn't 2019 sound like forever away?)
Since we really don't know what the decade will look like, they put question marks on the tree and asked not only what will it look like when we look back but what do want it to look like?