The Christmas traditions of 1897

SOUTH BEND, Ind. --Kristie Erickson, Deputy Executive Director, describes the Christmas traditions of 1897, the year when the Oliver family moved into Copshaholm, at The History Museum's Insights in History, taking place on Wednesday, December 7 at 1:30 p.m., with $3 or $1 admissions for members and required reservations by December 5, with insights in History sponsored by THK Law, LLP.

The program will explore how the Oliver's may have celebrated the Yuletide holiday, and a first-floor tour of Copshaholm decorated for the season is to be offered, with steps to the front door of the mansion.  

J.D. and Anna Oliver with their four kids moved into their new home at 808 West Washington in South Bend on New Year's Day in 1897 Copshaholm, which they later named it.

Established by his father, James Oliver, J.D. Oliver was president of the Oliver Chilled Plow Works company, getting funding for the Oliver Opera House and Hotel from key industrialists in the community, the Midwest and the country.

Call the History Museum at (574) 235-9664 or visit for more information.

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