Pop-up books featured at Promont Museum

Step back into time this holiday season and visit the beautiful Promont House Museum in Milford.

The ornate mansion is decorated in much the same way as it would have been during the Victorian-era when Ohio Governor and Clermont County native John Pattison called it home.

Ray Schumacher with the Greater Milford Historical Society holds one of the pop-up books on display during the Victorian-era holiday celebration at Promont House Museum in Milford.
“Nuts, feathers, and pinecones adorn the Christmas trees, along with stuffed pheasants,” said Donna Amann with the Greater Milford Historical Society, who explained that hunting pheasants was a popular pastime during that era. “We also have some wonderful decorations made by Milford school children.”

Strolling through the multi-story mansion, located at 906 Main Street, overlooking Milford, the festive museum this holiday season offers a fascinating array of old and new pop-up books.

“Carolyn Hughes graciously lent us 22 of the historic pop-up books from her collection,” said Ray Schumacher, also with the Greater Milford Historical Society. “It might surprise you to know that pop-up books date back to the 1890’s.”

On the second floor of the Promont House is the cotton candy pink room that the Pattison children once slept it. Pointing to a picture of the children, Ernestine, John, and Alethia, Schumacher said they were a fascinating trio.

“John was really into flying and once hosted Charles Lindbergh,” he said. “Because of a physical problem he couldn’t get into the United States Air Force, so he joined the Polish Air Force. Alethia was quite the tomboy and quite proud of it. She drove an ambulance in France, transporting soldiers to a field hospital. She later travelled to Poland to find her brother and wound up jailed by the Nazi’s. Ernestine took care of the family back home while her siblings were on their international journeys.”

The children’s room features another beautiful Victorian tree, with a rocking horse and dolls at its base.

In the room is a trundle bed with its feather tick mattress.

“That’s where the saying ‘sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite’ got started,” laughed Schumacher.

For more information about the beautiful Promont House Museum, visit the website www.MilfordHistory.net.