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Christmas and the Civil War

  • December 21 at 2:30 PM

Join the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in the Delaplaine Randall Conference Room on December 21 at 2:30 PM as Museum Docent Brad Stone details the history behind the celebration of Christmas during the Civil War. The Civil War shaped the way we celebrate the holiday season in the United States in surprising ways. One of the most surprising is the depiction of Santa Claus, as Civil War era illustrator Thomas Nast toyed with images of the jolly elf during the conflict that evolved into the Santa we know today in the United States. The presentation is included with admission to the National Museum of Civil War Medicine and FREE for NMCWM members.