Salem couple donates holiday house collection to museum

SALEM – In December, the Salem Storybook Museum hosted “Come Home for the Holidays: A Candlelight Home Tour.” One of the highlights of the tour was the stop at the Charles Burchfield Homestead Museum, 867 E. Fourth St., where guests were treated to a magical display of lit holiday houses that are from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. David Schwartz of Salem.

The extensive collection of ceramic and porcelain houses was displayed in four rooms of the Burchfield Museum. Museum curator Janis Yereb set up the display of architecturally significant buildings with the help of Richard Wootten, director at the Burchfield, and Richard Theiss, also of Burchfield museum.

Mr. and Mrs. Schwartz, both former members of the Salem Storybook Museum, moved recently and decided that it was time for their prized collection to find a new home.

“We both have a fondness for and a special place in our hearts for the Storybook Museum, said Arlene. “It is a wonderful place for children to learn not only about reading and art, but our community as well. Each of the houses represents an important architectural style. I know it will benefit the youngsters.”

“On behalf of the board of directors of Storybook, I want to thank Arlene and David Schwartz for this very generous gift. It is simply amazing,” said Yereb.

Director of the Storybook Museum, Elizabeth Thatcher, was equally impressed. “We have so many people in Salem who are very supportive of the mission of our museum-to teach children the importance of reading as well as an appreciation of art. This very extensive collection will do just that.”

The house are still on display at the Burchfield Museum. Visitors interested in viewing them should contact Wootten at 330-332-8601 in regard to winter hours.