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Mounted on camels, three wise men approach the illuminated stable on the Monmouth Public Square. (Photo by Paul Kobler.)

Entire community pitched in for Monmouth’s first nativity

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Taken from the east side of the Square in 1954 or later, this view shows the entire panorama of Monmouth’s nativity scene, including the star of Bethlehem, suspended from a tree. Photo by Paul Kobler.
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Monmouth High School students view the nativity in the late 1950s. From right to left are Jerry Norgart, Linda (Cavanaugh) Painter, Bill Crabill and an unknown girl. (Photo courtesy of Susan Trevor)

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Editor and historian for Monmouth College. Avid researcher of western Illinois history for 40 years. FB and Twitter. jrankin@monmouthcollege.edu

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