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December 3, 2013

Nostalgic L.S. Ayres Holiday at the Indiana State Museum

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Indiana State Museum with several of Indianapolis’ most treasured traditions now on display.

The traditional Christmas Window at L.S. Ayres and Company exhibit, fabricated in 1983 by Spaeth Design Company, New York, is on display, as well as the original 1958 Santa Claus Express train and a replica that children can ride.

There is also an exhibit-sized bronze-sculpted cherub on the exhibit’s clock.

The whimsical 36-inch-tall cherub mysteriously appeared atop the clock on Thanksgiving Eve in 1947 to keep a watchful eye on holiday shoppers until Santa’s arrival Christmas Eve. The store commissioned sculptor and Herron School of Art instructor David Rubens to create the treasure. In the 66 years since, thousands have viewed the angelic cherub perched atop the famous clock each holiday season. The tradition lives in the hearts, minds and memories of Indianapolis residents.

To make your visit down memory lane complete, the L.S. Ayres Tea Room, a re-creation of the beloved historic restaurant inside the former downtown L.S. Ayres department store, will be open for daily walk-ins through Dec. 31. An online menu is available for download at http://www.indianamuseum.org/data/webcontent/2885/files/lsayres_tearoom_menu_8.5x14.pdf.

For more information on the L.S. Ayres exhibit and other holiday experiences at the Indiana State Museum, call 232-1637.

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