TOPEKA, Kan (WIBW) --- You do not have to travel very far to see what some are calling the largest indoor Christmas display in the Midwest.
The Territorial Capital Museum has three floors filled with trees of all shapes and sizes for anyone to see for the remainder of the year.
“We have 168 trees. Many of them are decorated with Victorian, antique, vintage, collectible, and themed decorations. And it’s just one of a kind,” Paul Bahnmaier, president of the Lecompton Historical Society, said.
Each tree has a unique theme, and most of the decorations are donated by the community.
“Well, it started originally when one of our members gave us some extremely old Christmas ornaments that had belonged to their great grandparents, and we started putting some trees up and then more and more people were giving us old ornaments because they were concerned that they didn’t want to lose them when they passed on. And it’s just grown immensely,” Bahnmaier explained.
Bahnmaier said visitors enjoy seeing both new and old ornaments.
“It’s an opportunity to relive their childhood,” he said.
He also said those who travel to see the trees have a chance to explore Lecompton where a lot of history lies.
“We’re a small town, and there are different places to eat and we also have to mention Constitution Hall which is where the Lecompton Constitution was written and it is a national landmark. And it’s very important to the Civil War history,” Bahnmaier explained.
The display is open until the first of January. The museum, 640 E. Woodson, is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. They are also open Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.