Chas and Beth Myers talked to visitors about their nativity sets during the Christmas open house at the museum on Sunday - Putnam Sentinel
Chas and Beth Myers talked to visitors about their nativity sets during the Christmas open house at the museum on Sunday. (Putnam Sentinel/Nancy Kline)

KALIDA — The reason for the season was on full display Sunday to visitors at the Putnam County Historical Museum in Kalida during their Christmas open house.

Several pieces of the nativity collection of Chas and Beth Myers were on display in the central part of the museum including a Russian nativity set they purchase in Alaska.

As part of the open house, the Myers shared a powerpoint presentation of their collection, including exciting information about where numerous pieces were purchased and how they had special meaning to the Myers.

“The number of nativity sets we have is not that important,” Beth said, “It’s what they represent about the season.” She estimated they might have up to 100 nativity scenes including ornaments on their tree.

The collection began when the Myers were on their honeymoon 45 years ago. Since then, it has grown as they acquire pieces of their travels throughout the world. They also have different sets previously owned by family members that hold special memories for the couple.

A few of the nativity sets were handmade by members of their church.

The couple keep up two of the sets year-round. “Our pastor said that one scene should stay up all year long to keep that in your heart and hope alive, and we do that,” Beth Myers said.

“We have so many sets we have a hard time finding a place for all of them during the holidays,” Chas admitted. “So now we try to look for smaller sets.”

The nativity display will continue to be on exhibit next Sunday, December 15, from 1 to 4 p.m. The museum is located at 201 East Main Street, Kalida.