Museum encourages people to use Tree of Remembrance
The Quincy Valley Historical Society & Museum invites the public to remember their loved ones who have passed by hanging an ornament in their honor on the new Tree of Remembrance.
The 9-foot Douglas fir, used in the museum’s annual Old-Fashioned Christmas celebration, was moved outside on Tuesday from the historic Pioneer Church to the musuem’s sign near the road.
The sign now invites passers-by to take a minute to stop and hang an ornament on the tree.
Beside the tree is a plastic box containing freefoam ornaments and black markers, to be used to make weather-proof ornaments.
These may be hung on the tree, which will be displayed until about early January, said Harriet Weber, a museum volunteer.
People also can bring bird feeders, suet cakes or popcorn strings to hang on the tree for birds.
Weber came up with the idea that both puts the museum tree to reuse while giving people a way to remember their loved ones this time of the year after seeing a similar tree in another community. She placed an ornament on that tree.
“It was wonderful to us so we thought it may be meaninful to others,” she said.
Weber hopes the Tree of Remembrance becomes a special tradition in the community.
“It’s symbolic,” Pam Barrow, who placed an ornament on the tree to honor her late daughter, said of the tree. “But it does the heart good.”
— By Jill FitzSimmons, email@example.com