Holidays On The Home Front and Around The CampFire
Sue Boardman, Licensed Battlefield Guide
December 7, 2013
Registration deadline: November 22, 2013
Open to Members and Non-members
$80 Members/$105 Non-members
A full-day indoor program held in the Ford Education Center classroom. Lunch and a continental breakfast are provided as part of the registration fee. Join Licensed Battlefield Guide Sue Boardman to experience the holidays like many Americans did in the mid-1860’s. The American Civil War changed life drastically-both through the war years and beyond. Some of these changes impacted how Americans celebrated the holidays. The loss of life and material things, the emotional impact of being unable to return to a pre-war existence, and the influx of new immigrants with their cultural traditions and holiday celebrations in America. Areas of interest include: President Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation in 1863, the introduction of a modernized Santa Claus through the drawings of artist Thomas Nast, the belief that Christmas trees brought good luck into a home, and traditional holiday recipes.