MEMORY FOREST -2010
The front page of the Seymour History Bulletin provides the reader with a glimpse of the holiday display on Depot Street adjacent to the museum. Nagel Park and the museum grounds are decorated with 42 trees donated by Dr. Don and Gail Hoff. Dr. Hoff, who practiced in Seymour for 28 years, has a tree farm just north of Appleton. Don and Gail harvest the trees and deliver them to Nagel Park at no charge. When asked why they go through all this work for the historical society, he replies, “It is a family tradition that dates back to the 50s. We enjoy the process of harvesting and delivering trees to both the library and museum. It gives us the opportunity to enhance the beauty of the community. We enjoy giving back to the people of Seymour. I had many great civic-minded people as patients and developed a strong affinity for Seymour. People do an outstanding job decorating the trees.” Dr. Hoff and his wife Gail are lifetime members of the SCHS.
Members of the historical society erect the trees and for a minimum donation of $25.00, people purchase a tree to trim. Signs indicate the person or persons to whom the trees are dedicated. It is fascinating to see the variety of decorations ranging from sports equipment and the Christmas theme, to teddy bears and toy cars, trucks, and tractors. The variety of groups represented includes the Rescue Squad, American Legion Auxiliary, Friends of the Library, Good Shepherd Services, Muehl-Boettcher Funeral Home and HOTH. This project is a great way to recognize loved ones, celebrate the holidays, and contribute to new museum building fund. This year the project raised over $1,000.00 for the new building.