The Nativity Scene of wax figures displayed each year, created by Paul Young, Sr., President of Paul R. Young Funeral Homes, captures a defining moment in the history of mankind.
The groundwork for this scene began in Colerain School back in a Latin class in 1935. Here Paul Young carved his first figure in a bar of soap. Later he studied Restorative Art in the College of Embalming, where he graduated in 1942. In 1946, Mr. Young attended Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in London to study how to make wax figures. This was a rare privilege and he received knowledge that he was able to use to great advantage.
After returning from World War II, he attended the Cincinnati Art Academy for four years where he majored in Sculpturing. He later taught Restorative Art at the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science for 10 years.
There are many people who have contributed to this nativity display. Local residents assist in erecting the barn each year. The original costumes were designed by Mrs. Everett Sortman of Dunlap, Ohio. Mrs. Marian Young made the revisions as time demanded it.
All of the figures in the display were originally sculpted in clay of people in our town. A piece mold is made from the original clay figure. The hot wax is then poured into the plaster of paris mold. The wax is inch thick when finished. A little color is added to the finished figure t o give the necessary highlights.