African American


Visit the African American Gallery and see 100 BLACK SANTAS! This gallery is displaying these Santas in various shapes, sizes, and styles. Some of the Santas in this collection depicts the Christmas icon in outfits other than the traditional red and white. Come see the jolly old man dressed in traditional, non-traditional or ethnic outfits. The kids will love this exhibit and so will the children in all of us!! 

The Christmas Season is a perfect time for families to decorate their homes with handmade crafts and share family traditions with their children. The Christmas Season begins Dec. 26 with Kwanzaa harvest time rituals to start this festive season. The main colors for decorating trees and holiday accents are black, red, and gold. This Gallery's Black Santas include St. Nicholas, Traditional Tartan Africa Santa, and All Gods Children Father to name just a few.

This exhibit is a perfect stop for students and families to learn more about the African American Christmas Celebration. The museum is open Sundays from 2-4 p.m. and other days groups of four or more may call 815 962-7402 to schedule a tour.