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Gresham Historical Society & Museum Hosts Gingerbread Competition

The Gresham Historical Society is transforming the museum into a Christmas wonderland for the community to enjoy, including the Christmas at the Museum Gingerbread Contest presented by Kohler Meyers O’Halloran. The Gresham History Museum located at 410 N. Main, will be open Tuesday-Sunday 10am-4pm November 27th-December 19, 2021. The Museum will be spectacularly decorated with a 400-piece snow village display, 100 nutcrackers 200 snow men and women, nativity scenes, decorative Santas, and more. There will also be six decorated Christmas trees on display. The special event $5 entry fee for those five and older includes a free ornament for the first 500 people and a People’s Choice vote for your favorite gingerbread display. Stop by on each Saturday in December from 10am-4pm for a special day and visit Santa. Saturday December 4th will have extended hours of operation until 8pm but Santa will be leaving at 4pm.

The Christmas at the Museum Gingerbread Contest presented by KMO Real Estate, drew 20 professional bakers and hobbyists to create their best Candyland themed house in an effort to win the prize. Entry deadline has passed for this year, no more entries will be accepted. The top prize for professional bakers is $1500. People’s Choice winner will receive $200. Entries will be judged on overall appearance, difficulty, creativity & originality by a panel of judges. Final judging and awards will be given on December 19th, 2pm. “We are excited to bring the first of many gingerbread contests to Christmas at the Museum and to share our incredible history with our community during the holiday season,” said Sue Piazza, Gresham Historical Society & Museum Board member and creator of the gingerbread contest.

Special thanks to community members who have sponsored the event: KMO, Gresham Ford, Riverview Community Bank, Gresham Sanitary, Edward Jones-Alina Rocha Johnson AAMS, Michael McKeel, DMD Family Dentistry, The Bakery Block and Moen Machinery.

Proceeds from this special event will go to help pay for the additional costs of repairs from our recent arson fire and the overall updating of the Museum.

The Museum will also be available for rental during the season. Rental information can be found at or by calling the Museum at 503.661.0347.

For more information on Christmas at the Museum Gingerbread Contest presented by KMO, or to rent the space for your own Christmas at the Museum event, please contact Sue Piazza at 503.926.4419

About Gresham Historical Society & Museum:

The Gresham Historical Society is a private, non-profit organization, which manages the Gresham Historical Museum and special collections library and archive, located in Historic Downtown Gresham. The Gresham Carnegie Library held the Gresham Branch Library from 1913 to 1989, when the library began to relocate to its current home on NW Miller Avenue in Historic Downtown Gresham. In 1990, the Gresham Historical Society purchased the building and with community support, funded the most extensive renovation project in the building's history, restoring the building to its former glory. The Gresham Carnegie Library is now on the National Register of Historic Places and will be protected for generations to come.

The Gresham Historical Society is dedicated to providing a center for the collection, preservation, exhibition, and publication of material of historical and cultural importance; to acquiring documents, manuscripts, publications, artifacts and images; to promoting knowledge and appreciation of Gresham’s history to the public through educational programs and exhibitions.

Gingerbread Competition
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