Museum Receives a Large Holiday Village Donation

Display Opens December 2, 2017
ASHLAND, NE – (Nov. 22, 2017) The Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum received a donation of what the collector says is the largest collection of Dept. 56 Snow Village & Dept. 56 Christmas North Pole Villages in the state of Nebraska.

Robert and Grace Felthousen are residence in Plattsmouth, Nebraska and donated over 400 villages along with hundreds of little displays that go along with the collection. The majority of the pieces are no longer available for sale at outlets that carry Dept. 56 Villages. The collection, a display of rare and retired pieces, took the Feltousens 33 years to acquire.

The villages are so popular the Felthousens welcomed over 350 guests in their home last year. Now they hope to share their collection with a larger audience for years to come. “The number of people who are interested in visiting the villages is overwhelming for one household,” said Robert Felthousen. “We donated it so that Museum guests can admire and enjoy what took us a lifetime to collect.”

The display will open on December 2, 2017 as part of its “Santa Goes to Space” event. “Santa Goes to Space” features Santa Claus, the Star Wars “Stormtroopers”, and interactive family fun activities from 10 am – 2 pm.

The village display will remain open through the holiday season and will close January 5, 2018. The display is open to the public and is part of the museum’s general admission.

The museum is open 9 am – 5 pm daily. The event is part of general admission for the day. General admission applies to non-museum members. Adults $12 | Military & Seniors $11 | Children 4-12 $6 | Children 3 and under FREE. For more information, please visit


About the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum – Located between Lincoln and Omaha near Interstate 80, utilizes over 300,000 square feet of exhibit, education, and event space. Organized in 1959, the original mission of the museum was to commemorate the contributions of the Strategic Air Command, which until 1992 was headquartered at Offutt Air Force Base. The museum moved to its current location in 1998 upon completion of a new indoor facility. The museum houses an impressive collection of military aircraft and space artifacts, many of which have been restored in the museum’s on-site restoration facility. To better serve the community, the museum offers STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education opportunities for students, teachers, families, and adult learners. Traveling exhibits, permanent exhibits, and a variety of special events provide additional unique experiences for the museum’s members and guests.