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World Nativities


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Friday, November 29 — Sunday, January 5
Daily 12:00 — 4:30 pm 
Closed December 9-10, 24-25 

Suggested donation $5 per person

Glencairn Museum’s annual World Nativities exhibition presents dozens of three-dimensional Nativity scenes collected from around the world. For many centuries the story of the birth of Jesus Christ has been depicted through the creative lens of artists from a wide variety of spiritual, intellectual, and cultural backgrounds. This year World Nativities features the historic Jennie Trein Christmas putz (Nativity scene) from the Moravian Historical Society in Nazareth, Pennsylvania; Nativities on loan from the Knights of Columbus Museum in New Haven, Connecticut; and outstanding examples from Glencairn’s own growing collection.

Folk artist Jennie Trein (1879-1977) created her first Christmas putz in 1908, and for the next six decades she built a new one each year—complete with lights, sound effects, and narration. The Trein putz, which grew to include over 1000 pieces, was part of the Advent season for generations of visitors who were invited into her living room to view the display.

Folk artist Jennie Trein (1879-1977) created her first Christmas putz in 1908, and for the next six decades she built a new one each year—complete with lights, sound effects, and narration. The Trein putz, which grew to include over 1000 pieces, was part of the Advent season for generations of visitors who were invited into her living room to view the display.

Earlier Event: March 6
Pitcairn Family Easter Scenes