Monday, October 14th, 2019

Funds needed to rebuild Merry Christmas wreath

Posted: Friday, June 14, 2019

The “Merry Christmas” wreath that shines over Sunken Gardens during the Christmas lighting of Sunken Gardens and Shakespeare Gardens is being refurbished soon. The wreath has been removed from its current location, and its framework will be rebuilt by Huntington Sheet Metal.

A fund has been established with the Huntington County Community Foundation to receive donations to help pay for the wreath’s re-creation, although exact costs are not yet known. A community fundraising effort has begun toward a wreath with a new, lightweight frame and red, green and white energy efficient LED lights.

The wreath was not lit during the 2018 Christmas season due to its unsafe condition but should be relit for Christmas 2019. The wreath was built in 1937, and once shined over downtown Huntington, when it was located on the side of the former Wolf & Dessauer building from 1953 until the store closed in 1969. That building was torn down and Rotary Centennial Park was built in its place.

When Wolf & Dessauer, Huntington, closed, the wreath was moved to the side of the former Huntington First National Bank/Trustcorp building until the bank was purchased in 1988. After the bank’s transition, the wreath was put into storage. When First National Bank/Trustcorp merged into National City Bank in 1998, the wreath was donated to the City of Huntington. At this point it became a part of the Christmas display at Sunken Gardens in 1998.

A task force of community volunteers has been set up to lead the fundraising effort. Contributions may be sent to the Huntington County Community Foundation, 356 W. Park Drive, Huntington, Indiana 46750. Designate the check by placing “Christmas Wreath” on the memo line.