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A Christmas celebration dating back to the 1800s took place in Moline at the start of December.

On Sunday, December 1, 2013 a historic holiday celebration was held at the Butterworth Center and Deere-Wiman House. Families were invited to the 19th Century Christmas to enjoy decorations, live musical performances, a visit with Santa, and more.

Visitors were welcome to tour the Deere-Wiman House, built in 1972 for John Deereā€™s son Charles Deere. Piano and choir performances were held in the historic home of Katherine and William Butterworth, today's Butterworth Center.

"I think a lot of people come here to start the holidays," said Butterworth Center Executive Director Susan Staack. "This year it's right after Thanksgiving; every year it follows closely behind and it starts Christmas."

Refreshments were served all day and admission was free.