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Dr. Teller’s Magi Collection

December 11, 2021 @ 10:00 am - December 31, 2021 @ 4:00 pm

Dec. 11 – 31, 2021

From an article in the Star News by Richard Pena:  Dr. Harris Teller, who put this collection together, was a teacher and then a psychologist in the Sweetwater School District.  I knew him first in this capacity and then later when he was a grant writer for the district. We often ask folks about memorable Christmases in their past, some that reminded them of great times, and some that were rather sad.  I never asked Teller about that but I would guess that if I had he would mention that Christmas of 1952.

Teller was a sailor, a hospital corpsman on board a small naval vessel in Korean waters at that time. He told about a time when he had a few ill individuals in the sick bay. One of the worst experiences that one can have, he related, is to be away from home at Christmas time. And if one is sick the condition is compounded.

Teller thought he might rectify this condition somewhat with a few decorations in the sick bay. The ship was in Pusan Harbor and he went into town to see what he could find. One thing that caught his eye was a small crèche in a store window. The set was complete and it included statues of the three Wiseman, the Magi that is associated with Christ’s birth. This was the start of Teller’s collection which includes figurines, statues, plates, stamps and other forms of the Magi, and all with a story to tell.


December 11, 2021 @ 10:00 am
December 31, 2021 @ 4:00 pm