The Annual Warther's Christmas Tree Festival
Each year, the Warther Museum and Gardens hosts the Christmas Tree Festival that benefits our local Union Hospital Auxiliary. Over 100 pre-decorated trees, wreaths, and home decor fill the museum with an unrivaled holiday spectacle. In 2017, the 24th Annual Christmas Tree Festival dates are November 11th-19th. Festival hours are: 11th-18th from 11am-8pm, 19th from 11am-5pm. Admission is $5 per person, proceeds go to the Union Hospital Auxiliary. (Please note 2018 dates are November 10th-18th.)
The Man Behind the Knife Exhibit
In 1944, Mooney Warther was approached by a mother of a soldier who wanted him to make a knife that her son could carry to protect himself in World War II. As a pacifist, Mooney's hesitation was great, but her plea to give her son something that could potentially save his life led Mooney to create his line of World War II Commando Knives. Roughly 1100 were created in two years, using any resources Mooney could find. This September, The Warther Museum will be exhibiting Mooney's Commando Knives in The Man Behind the Knife Exhibit, including some commando knives that have not been on public display before. The Warther commando knives will be displayed with the soldier's war and life stories to honor those who fought, including some who never returned home from the war. Carol Warther Moreland, President of the Warther Museum states how “excited I am to reveal this exhibit to the public that truly honors and embodies the spirit of ‘The Greatest Generation’ and encompasses the battles and hardships they fought in the war, yet also highlights what they created with the rest of their lives, like the families they made and the leaders they all became in their towns upon their return.” The exhibit will run from September 1st to October 1st during standard museum hours. If you have a Mooney Warther Commando Knife and would like to showcase the knife and the soldier's story during the exhibit, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. The Warther Museum would be honored to showcase the knife and tell the story of the soldier behind it.