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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 28, 2011

Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Cultural Resources
(603) 271-3136
shelly.angers@dcr.nh.gov
Twitter: @NHCulture

IMAGES of the ornaments are available online.

N.H. artist, local students create state’s official ornaments for
National Christmas Tree

New Hampshire artist Kristine Lane and students from Andover Elementary / Middle School have collaborated to create New Hampshire’s official ornaments that will be featured at this year’s National Christmas Tree Lighting event. The Lighting takes place on Thursday, December 1, 2011, at 5:00 p.m., on the Ellipse at Presidents Park in Washington, D.C.

Lane and the seventh- and eighth-grade students spent two days making the ornaments, which capture the essence of New Hampshire during the holiday season. Students used colored tissue paper mounted on clear acetate to create stained glass-like artwork of the Old Man of the Mountain, covered bridges, native wildlife, winter activities and other images they felt best represented New Hampshire. Each is a one-of-a-kind creation.

One of the ornaments will be displayed on the White House Visitor Center Christmas tree, which showcases an ornament from each U.S. state, territory and the District of Columbia. The others will be hung from New Hampshire’s tree as part of the National Christmas Tree display on the Ellipse.

Lane, a metal artist who is a juried member of the League of NH Craftsmen, described the students as “very talented artists. They were so excited to work on this project, and the ornaments they crafted not only represent New Hampshire in winter, but also showcase our state’s creativity and heart.”

Images of the ornaments can be seen at the N.H. Department of Cultural Resources website, www.nh.gov/nhculture.  

In 1856, New Hampshire’s Franklin Pierce, fourteenth president of the United States, became the first president to place a Christmas tree in the White House.

The National Christmas Tree Lighting began on Christmas Eve in 1923, when President Calvin Coolidge lit a Christmas tree in front of 3,000 spectators on the Ellipse. Since then, each succeeding President has carried on the tradition of what has now become a month-long event presented by the National Park Foundation and National Park Service.

“The decorating of the state and territory trees in President’s Park is a highly anticipated holiday tradition,” said Neil Mulholland, president and CEO of the National Park Foundation. “We look forward to including New Hampshire’s ornaments during the 89th annual celebration.”

New Hampshire’s Department of Cultural Resources includes the State Council on the Arts, the Film and Television Office, the Division of Historical Resources, the State Library and the Commission on Native American Affairs. The Department strives to nurture the cultural well-being of our state. From the covered bridges and traditional music of our past to the avant-garde performances and technological resources of today and tomorrow, New Hampshire’s culture is as varied as its geography and its people. This strong cultural base—which truly has something for everyone—attracts businesses looking for engaged workforces, provides outstanding educational opportunities and creates communities worth living in. Learn more at www.nh.gov/nhculture/.

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