Museums provide governor's mansion decorations

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois museums are providing holiday decorations for the governor's mansion in Springfield.

Decorations at the mansion feature trees decorated by volunteers and staff from 30 museums and historic sites across the state. They include the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Dana-Thomas House, Elijah Iles House, Lincoln Home, and Springfield Art Association-Edwards Place. The state's Historic Preservation Agency says dried flowers from the mansion's gardens will complement the decorated trees.

Free tours of "Historic Christmas at the Mansion" will be available Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays throughout December.

On Dec. 14, the mansion will participate in the Springfield's downtown "Historic Home Christmas Open House." Volunteers from several sites will be in period dress and will demonstrate crafts from their era, sell merchandise and serve refreshments.