Museum in Hatton, North Dakota, to host holiday tour of homes

The Hatton-Eielson Museum is sponsoring a tour of homes Sunday, Dec. 4.

The Hatton-Eielson Museum in Hatton, North Dakota, is sponsoring a tour of homes Sunday, Dec. 4. The public is invited to tour the Museum (pictured here) and four private homes, which are decorated for the Christmas season.
Photo by Joy Ust McLain
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HATTON, North Dakota – The Hatton-Eielson Museum is once again hosting a tour of homes, a Christmastime tradition that has been canceled in recent years due to the pandemic, said Gary Lillemoen, the museum board president.

The tour of homes, which runs from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, will feature the homes of Betsy and Brock Brend, Tim and Cindy Skjoiten, Karen Ness, and Leon and Judy Stensland.

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The Hatton-Eielson Museum (pictured here) is hosting its annual Christmastime tour of homes Sunday, Dec. 4. The Museum and four private homes are on the tour.
Photo by Joy Ust McLain

The Hatton-Eielson Museum and the four homes have been beautifully decorated to inspire visitors with new ideas to affordably decorate their own homes, Lillemoen said. It’s all about “celebrating Christmas in its true tradition.”

Tickets, $15 each, will be sold at the Museum, 405 Eielson St. A map with the homes’ addresses will be provided and refreshments will be served. Proceeds from the event will go toward the building’s maintenance and heating expenses.

The Christmastime tour of homes runs from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, in Hatton, North Dakota. Tickets may be purchased at the Hatton-Eielson Museum (pictured here).
Photo by Joy Ust McLain

The museum “is completely decorated for Christmas,” Lillemoen said. It also features a display about Gilman Rud, who had “a tremendous career with the Blue Angels.”


Rud, who was born and raised in Portland, North Dakota, has released a book, titled “From the Prairie to the Pacific: A Blue Angel’s Journey,” about his experience as a pilot of a U.S. Navy jet fighter, captain of a flagship aircraft carrier, and leader of the Blue Angels aerobatic display team.

“Aviation is kind of a tradition in this area,” Lillemoen said. Famed aviator Carl Ben Eielson grew up in the home that now houses the Hatton-Eielson Museum. Eielson “was a real hero” of Rud’s, he said.

The annual Christmas tour of homes has been very well attended by local residents as well as visitors from surrounding communities, Lillemoen said.

“It’s a good way to celebrate the happiest time of the year,” he said.

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The Hatton-Eielson Museum is the childhood home of Carl Ben Eielson, a renowned pioneer aviator, who grew up in Hatton, North Dakota.
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Pamela Knudson is a features and arts/entertainment writer for the Grand Forks Herald.

She has worked for the Herald since 2011 and has covered a wide variety of topics, including the latest performances in the region and health topics.

Pamela can be reached at or (701) 780-1107.
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