Thursday, December 8, 2011

Home for the Holidays at Roberson Museum, Binghamton, NY

Another annual Christmas tradition I've enjoyed for over fifty years is attending the Roberson Museum and Science center's Holiday display housed in one of Binghamton;s premier mansions on Front Street. It started out as a live display of evergreen trees, decorated from countries around the world.My parents would often stop by the museum after church, so we could check out the trees, which scented the whole room with their invigorating, outdoor odor.

Some years the museum's displays were static and stale, but this year's display is truly wonderful and well worth going! There are many parts to the museum featuring many different venues.. the international trees (now artificial) are but a small part of it. This year, the expanded train exhibit is a focal point, as well as a truly exceptional civil war display, which helps to show how the war pervaded everyday life. Another display pays tribute to Edwin Link's influence both locally and internationally,(which I enjoyed because both Link and my Dad were in the Army Air Corps and Dad taught students at North High how to fly in a Link flight simulator). Of course,the lavishly decorated mansion is over-the-top, beautiful and it's always a joy to see some familiar, favorite paintings and some new (to me) posters as well!

These photos only hint of the nice experience waiting for you, if you live close enough to visit!

The railroad display is better than ever and remains a work in progress!

There's a life-sized display of an flight instructor using the simulator's desk to follow a student's flight. Wish I could ask Dad questions about it!

A Civil war campsite set up...

The Civil War exhibit is enlightening and thoughtful

This shows a portion of the International Trees' exhibit...

I like this old poster...

Love this elegant staircase!

An old friend!

A room with a view!

Family fun!

Self portrait at Roberson Mansion 2011

Dear, would you pass the corn, please?

1 comment:

Sylvia K said...

What a delightful post for the Holidays, Devona! I love all of your photos, particularly the last one! What a fun smile to start the day. Thank you for your good wishes for my family. Things aren't looking good for my kids Dad, but we're holding good thought and will make the best of the time he has. Hope you have a wonderful holiday!