The Fresno Historical Society has been working overtime to present a visual feast for the holidays at the Kearney Museum Mansion.

On Sunday, the society debuts its “Christmas Through the Decades” tree display. Each tree is designed and styled by a local decorator.

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“Have you ever seen a Rubik’s Cube as a tree topper? Well, you will on our 1980s-themed tree.” — Elizabeth Laval, president, Fresno Historical Society

“The mansion looks amazing,” says historical society president Elizabeth Laval. “Have you ever seen a Rubik’s Cube as a tree topper? Well, you will on our 1980s-themed tree.”

In addition, there is a photo exhibition courtesy of the Pop Laval Foundation featuring photos of Central Valley Christmas celebrations from the early 1900s.

Meet and Greet With a Victorian Santa on Dec. 7

On Saturday, Dec. 7, the museum will host a meet-and-greet with a classic Victorian-dressed Santa Claus. Admission will include a photo opportunity, cookies, and hot chocolate.

You can purchase tickets for that event and other museum events at this link.

Guided tours are available on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. throughout December.

The mansion also is open for self-guided tours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Sunday and on Dec. 7.


Graphic of the holiday event schedule at the Kearney Museum Mansion

(GV Wire/Alexis DeSha)

Museum Admission Prices

Museum admission is $10 adults, $8 seniors and students, and $6 for children 12-and-under.

The Kearney Museum Mansion is at 7160 West Kearney Blvd. Additional information: 559 441-0862, and

The Tree Decorators

1920’s Tree: June Boyce, Sponsored by Sceptre & Sash

1930’s Tree: Carli Morgan

1940’s Tree: Susan Kampsen and Marilyn Perryman—The Balerud Sisters, Sponsored by Sayre Miller 1950’s Tree: Kathleen Burke of Victorian Gardens of Two Sisters

1960’s Tree: Susan Kampsen and Marilyn Perryman—The Balerud Sisters

1970’s Tree: Austin Jae and Genalyn Santos of Adornments of Praise Hula Ministry

1980’s Tree: Designed and Sponsored by Darden Architects

1990’s Tree: Candice Pendergrass

New Millennium Tree: Laurel Ashlock and the Cultural Arts Rotary

The Centennial Tree: Fresno Historical Society

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