Calendar of Events

Christmas and the Civil War

Ongoing Opportunities

  • December 23 at 2:30 PM

Join the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in the Delaplaine Randall Conference Room on select Sundays in December (December 2, December 16, December 23) at 2:30 PM as volunteer 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.

The presentation is included with admission to the National Museum of Civil War Medicine and FREE for NMCWM members.