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Olive Twp. history group hosts ‘Christmas in the Country’ tour today

By Laurie Timmer/The Holland Sentinel • Dec 2, 2017 at 7:00 AM

OLIVE TWP. — Members of the Olive Township Historical Society are busy adding the final touches to the 12th annual “Christmas in the Country” home tour.

This year’s tour includes two museums — the Olive Township Museum (the Olive Center School) and the Ottawa School — along with five local homes.

The homes and museums will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. The Olive Township Museum is at 11768 Polk St., and the Ottawa School is at 11611 Polk St., West Olive.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for ages 12 and younger, and can be purchased at the Olive Township Museum one hour prior to and during the hours of the event.

The event, which draws about 135 people each year, is a fundraiser for the historical society.

“We are working on preserving the steeple from South Olive Christian Reformed Church,” said Beverly Jaarsma, a longtime member of the society. Jaarsma and Sandy Karsten are organizing the holiday event.

The Olive Township Historical Society has about 46 members and is also working on a brochure featuring barn quilts to draw attention to the many pieces that decorate local barns.

Featured at the museum will be a display of 1930s feed sacks, along with quilts and clothing made from sack material. The items belong to Rhea Mae Hubbell and Jean Copeland.

Jaarsma urges everyone to come out and see the sacks and items created from the sacks. “They have quite a collection,” she said.

The holiday tour is one of the few opportunities to see the historical schools and the historical content they house.

For more information about the event, or to schedule a private tour of the museum, call 616-857-8036 or 616-566-2536.

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