Members of the Burbank Historical Society have decided to reveal
to the public 75 Christmas tree ornaments and other holiday
decorations that date as far back as the turn of the 20th century.
They are in a display at the Gordon R. Howard Museum.
Society founder Mary Jane Strickland said the antique decorations
in the exhibit are at least 92 years old.
They were originally owned by Emily Payton Forbes, the first
female city clerk in Burbank, and her family when they first moved to
the city in 1910. After years of passing them through the
generations, her granddaughter, Verna Forbes Willson, finally donated
them to the society 25 years ago. This is the first year the
decorations have been exhibited.
“They are so unusual and different,” Strickland said. “We decided
to put them on display because everyone kept on saying, ‘Oh my God,
they’re so interesting.’”
The museum is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays and is at 115 N.
Lomita St. on the grounds of George Izay Park. Visits to the museum
are free of charge and the exhibit will run through the end of the
month. For more information, call 846-0857 or 846-6337.