For 25 years, celebrating the Christmas season with the “Official City Ornament” has been a beloved Springfield holiday tradition for both current and former Springfield residents. Moreover, from Ossie Langfelder to Jim Langfelder, each Springfield mayor has participated in the unveiling of the annual ornament which is a fundraising project to support St. Joseph’s Home of Springfield.
Now, in honor of Lincoln Land Community College’s 50th anniversary, the 2017 ornament celebrates a half-century of community college education.
Each year a local artist is invited to design the ornament. For the fourth time, the city ornament features a design contributed by Greg Walbert, graphic design manager at Lincoln Land Community College. Walbert’s previous designs featured the Lincoln Presidential Library, Lincoln Presidential Museum and Union Station.
The first ornament, issued in 1993, depicted the Old State Capitol. Over a quarter of a century, the ornaments have featured landmarks such as the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Lincoln’s Home, the Dana-Thomas House, Lincoln’s Tomb, Lincoln Memorial Gardens, the Carillon in Washington Park, New Salem, the Springfield Art Association and the Illinois State Fairgrounds.
Each 24-Karat gold-plated ornament comes in a velvet-lined presentation box. Each box, stamped with the official seal of the City of Springfield, contains a signed and numbered certificate of authenticity with a brief description of the landmark.
City ornaments, which sell for $25 in most locations, are available at: St. Joseph’s Home, Lincoln Land Community College bookstore, Bank of Springfield (three branches), Heartland Credit Union (three branches), Pleasant Nursery, Vono Medical Supply, Pease’s Candy, Pease’s at Bunn Gourmet, Wild Birds Unlimited, Old Capitol Goods and HSHS St. John’s Hospital Gift Shop. They can also be purchased online at www.saintjosephshome.org.
Several previous additions are still available for purchase, although some editions are retired. For more availability information, call (217) 529-5596.