Since 2008, our Christmas tree has been adorned with a Maud Hart Lovelace/Betsy’s House ornament. While working as the Executive Director for the Betsy-Tacy Society, I had come across a collectible ornament for author Louisa May Alcott and the Orchard House. With a little research, I located the manufacturer, ChemArt from Providence, Rhode Island. This began the process of creating the Lovelace/Betsy’s House ornament that is sold exclusively by the BTS as a fundraiser.
Imagine my surprise when I saw the story on CBS News (Dec. 17, 2017), Trimming the tree with Presidential history and ChemArt was mentioned. Turns out that ChemArt makes the annual White House Christmas ornament for the White House Historical Association! ChemArt owner Richard Beaupre is interviewed and it ‘s interesting to learn more about the company and see the manufacturing process. Most of the ornaments are made piece by piece, one by one. The Deep Valley ornaments are made of brass and finished in 24 carat gold. It’s hard to see from the photograph, but the porch on each house is 3-dimensional.
The Frances “Bick” Kenney/Tacy’s House ornament was created in 2015 and hangs with the Lovelace ornament on our tree. “Hold Christmas in your hand” and decorate your tree with these Deep Valley collectible ornaments. They’re available online from the Betsy-Tacy Society Gift Shop. Your purchase supports the preservation of these historic literary landmark houses. What could be better!