The Windsor Hotel was built in 1884 by Charles Pfaff. In 1960, the historic hotel was torn down, and the site is now home to the Pierce City Post Office. In its glory, the three-story hotel was considered the best place to stay in southwest Missouri.
The fundraiser, a long-term project highlighting historic landmarks of the Pierce City, was started following the 2003 tornado that devastated much of the downtown area. Project originators, Melonie and the late Chuck Roberts, designed the first two ornaments in the series, which featured the historic bandstand and St. Mary's Catholic Church.
Subsequent ornaments have been designed by local graphic designer Richard Reed, of Pierce City. They have included the historic National Guard Armory, the train depot, Harold Bell Wright Museum, the 1922 Pierce City High School, the historic Baptist Church on Elm Street and the Frisco caboose.
Funds from ornament sales have benefitted a number of Dacy Foundation charities, including the organization's annual Christmas project, food drives and the Dacy Scholarship Fund at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin. Board members are also hoping to establish a scholarship for graduating seniors at Pierce City High School.