SIMI VALLEY (CBS) — The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library is getting transformed for the holidays.
Chief among the decorations is an aisle of Christmas trees that have been carefully decorated with the season — and history — in mind.
There is a tree for every decade since 1770, capturing the history, the inventions and the fun of the era. It’s part of an exhibit called “An American Christmas.”
“Welcome to the 1960s — it’s a rather chaotic tree for a very chaotic decade,” said Sharon Herrington, an exhibit curator.
The tree is adorned with news clippings, trinkets and pop culture paraphernalia from that time: a newspaper emblazened with the headline “Kennedy Assassinated”, a “Reagan For Governor” campaign flier, a miniature spaceship and troll dolls.
Finding some of the artifacts took months and assembling each tree took days.
“It’s a lot of work,” said volunteer Helena Bellion. “And it’s fun to brainstorm with a great bunch of girls.”
The tree for the 1770s is wrapped with ribbons of red, white and blue to celebrate our country’s newfound freedom.
Also on display is a collection of hand-crafted menorahs given to President Reagan at the White House.
The exhibit opens Nov. 18 and is set to run until Jan. 8.