Lebanon’s historic buildings will be immortalized in a new Christmas ornament series.
The first in the series is a 4-inch-by-3-inch replica of Cumberland University’s Memorial Hall, which was built in 1896.
The ornaments are being offered through collaboration between Historic Lebanon Tomorrow and Cumberland University’s Friends of the Music and Arts.
“Many years ago, there were some ornaments with the some of the historic buildings here, but they were the flat brass ornaments,” said Kim Parks with Historic Lebanon Tomorrow. “We thought we could come up with a new version of that,” said Parks.
Parks, working with Camille Burdine with Cumberland University’s FOMA, found a company that could create cast-resin replicas by using photographs of the building from varying angles.
“[The ornaments] are very durable,” said Parks.
Only 300 ornaments were made for the limited edition.
“Once these are gone; they’re gone,” said Parks.
She said they plan to sell one ornament each year for as long as there is demand.
“The hope is that since we’re going to do a series of them, you’ll want to get the whole series,” said Parks.
The subject for next year’s ornament has not been decided yet, and Parks said she and Burdine are taking suggestions.
“We have a lot of choices here in town,” said Parks. “We have even entertained doing buildings that are no longer around, like Caruthers Hall.”
The ornaments cost $20 and are available at the Lebanon-Wilson County Chamber of Commerce, at 149 Public Square; the Cantron Alumni House, at 1 Cumberland Square; and Lebanon City Hall, at 200 N. Castle Heights Ave.
Proceeds will benefit Historic Lebanon Tomorrow and Cumberland University’s FOMA.