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Wednesday, December 4th, 2013


WTVP to Preview “Dowton Abbey Season 4”
at Normal Theater and the WTVP Studio


“Dowton Abbey Season 4” preview Tuesday, December 10th at 7:00pm at The Normal Theater and Thursday, December 12th at 7:00pm at the WTVP Studio.

WTVP to Preview Dowton Abbey Season 4 on MASTERPIECE at Normal Theater and the WTVP Studio

- WTVP offers fans two free previews of the much-anticipated new season
of the smash-hit MASTERPIECE series coming the January to Public Television -

Only PBS and MASTERPIECE have the television event of the new year: Downton Abbey Season 4. Hearts will be healed, traditions challenged, and passions inflamed as America’s favorite guilty pleasure returns Sunday, January 5, 2014 to WTVP-Public Media for Central Illinois. But fans don’t have to wait quite that long to indulge! WTVP is offering a sneak peek at the upcoming season during two free public screenings.

Get a taste of what’s in store for your favorite characters at either of the following events:

  • Tuesday, December 10th at 7:00pm at The Normal Theater, 209 W. North St. in Uptown Normal
  • Thursday, December 12th at 7:00pm at the WTVP Studio, 101 State St. in Peoria

Both screenings are free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Reserve your seats by calling WTVP, (309) 677-4747.



The events are sponsored by the David Davis Mansion State Historic Site—the only place in the United States where audiences can view the authentic Victorian-era Christmas decorations like the ones featured on the Downton Abbey Christmas tree in past seasons. More information about the David Davis Mansion and its holiday tours and displays will be available at the events.

Downton Abbey Season 4 on MASTERPIECE premieres Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 8:00pm on WTVP-HD 47.1.



Christmas at Clover Lawn – Nov. 29-Dec. 29, 2013 The David Davis Mansion Foundation

A bit of Downton Abbey will be on display at the David Davis Mansion State Historic Site during the Christmas tours this year.

The home’s dining room tree will be covered with the same types of rare, imported, German-made Christmas ornaments that were featured on the Downton Abbey tree during the Christmas episodes of the hit PBS series. Intricate, hand-painted, glass ornaments, imported from Germany and sold by a small company in England, were handpicked to appear on the award-winning show. According to to Catherine Shinn, the company’s owner, "These decorations are all hand-crafted and each one is a little work of art in its own right. ‘Downton’ bosses purchased around 1,000 of the festive trimmings, including miniature birds and figurines, because they were exactly the same as those used in 1919 – the year when the drama's Christmas specials were set. The show’s producers went to great lengths to make sure everything was as authentic as possible.” The Davis Mansion’s museum shop has purchased from Shinn’s company approximately $2,000 worth of these rare ornaments for exhibit in the mansion during the 2013 Christmas tours. Some of the ornaments displayed on an authentic feather tree will also be raffled off as a fundraiser for the David Davis Mansion state historic site.

The David Davis Mansion State Historic Site is lavishly decorated for Christmas and open for free public tours during the entire month of December—from the day after Thanksgiving until the 29th of December.

The Davis Mansion’s Christmas decorations are also featured in the 2013 holiday issue of Victorian Homes, a national publication devoted to the history, preservation, decoration and construction of Victorian homes.

Visitors will also be able to use a special Holiday History Pass to visit the David Davis Mansion and to enjoy the Christmas activities at the McLean County Museum of History free of charge. Visitors may enter their holiday passes in a door-prize drawing, and the winner will receive a special prize. Daily tours will be given during the mansion’s normal operating hours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. The David Davis Mansion State Historic Site is administered by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. For more information, visit www.daviddavismansion.org.



Tour three of Bloomington-Normal Illinois’ historic mansions for one price during Christmas at the Mansions’ evening tours—December 14, 2013.

On Dec. 14, 2013, from 2-5 p.m. or 5-8 p.m., visitors may also enjoy Christmas at the Mansions, a ticketed tour of 3 Victorian-Edwardian-era homes in Bloomington-Normal. Tickets are $10/person in advance; $12/person at the door. Details are available at www.ChristmasAtTheMansions.com.

Illinois Historic Preservation Agency




For further information contact Stacey Tomczyk, WTVP Promotion Director, (309) 495-0594 or stacey.tomczyk@wtvp.org



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