LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Two-hundred years ago, Arkansans celebrated their first ever Christmas as settlers of a territory. And for the last 17 years, the Faulkner County Museum has held their Holiday Open House to show what life was like then.

It began with no budget, a tiny handful of volunteers, a few plates of home baked cookies, and a big pot of hot cider.  Today, they have over 100 volunteers, at least 40-50 collaborating groups, university classes, agencies, and demonstrators.

This year's activities center on historic crafts and skills needed by early settlers in Arkansas, some with a modern twist for today's visitors! 

The Faulkner County Museum is located at 801 Locust Street in Conway and the Holiday Open House is Saturday, November 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. There will be free gingersnaps, coffee, spiced cider, folk dancing, dutch oven demonstrations, a scale model railroad layout of Faulkner County and much more!

The mission of the museum is to educate the public about the prehistory and history of area that became Faulkner County. It provides a place where the history, the "old ways" are kept alive. It gives us a place to preserve our local heritage, our memories and activities, and to share that rich history with not just local residents, but with the entire region.

Learn more at faulknercountymuseum.org or find them on Facebook:  facebook.com/FaulknerCoMuseum.