Santa’s Brother to Visit Tot Time on Dec. 6 at Dickson Mounds

Release Date: 

Monday, November 26, 2018

ISM Location: 

Dickson Mounds
For Immediate Release:

LEWISTOWN, IL – At Dickson Mounds Museum on Thursday, December 6at 9:30 a.m., the Tot Time program will be ‘Hugo Kringle.’  Folk musician and storyteller Mike Anderson will portray Hugo Kringle, Santa Claus’s younger brother, and sing holiday songs and tell stories about growing up with the boy who became known as Santa Claus.  Tots and their adults may enjoy related crafts to take home.

Mike Anderson is one of the most versatile folk performers and educators of the Midwest.  He has hosted the national award-winning “Mike’s Music Works” television show; developed and managed the New Salem Storytelling Festival, as well as the Clayville Music and Storytelling Festival; and, has been recognized as an Outstanding Illinois Educator.  Mike is best known as a dulcimer performer.  He also plays guitar, banjo, jaw harp, nose-flute, bones, and more.

Admission to Tot Time is free and registration is not required.  Light refreshments will be served.  Groups of eight or more should call the Dickson Mounds Museum in advance to ensure the availability of supplies.  The program begins promptly at 9:30 a.m., with the program portion lasting approximately 30 minutes, followed by crafts, snacks, and time to explore the Museum.

The 2018 Tot Time program series is sponsored by the City of Lewistown, Canton Chamber of Commerce, Havana National Bank, Lewistown VFW Post 5001 Auxiliary, Rusty Melhouse of Edward Jones, and Chris Bennett of Dunfermline.  The Tot Time program series continuously seeks sponsors.  Please contact Curator of Education Christa Christensen at 309-547-3721 for more information.

The Illinois State Museum-Dickson Mounds is located between Lewistown and Havana off of Illinois Routes 78 and 97. The museum is open free to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. Tours and special programs are available for groups with reservations. For more information call 309-547-3721 or TTY 217-782-9175. Also visit us on Facebook at Illinois State Museum-Dickson Mounds or online at the Dickson Mounds link on the Illinois State Museum website at

Contact Person: 

Christa Christensen

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Contact Phone: 

(309) 547-3721