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Ought It Not Be a Merry Christmas

How did Americans - both northern and southern - celebrate Christmas during the Civil War? Many of the customs and observances, some of which we cherish to this day, grew to be widely accepted during this terrible time of national struggle. But more than anything, we ought to remember the privations and heartaches of the soldiers far from home and their loved ones left behind. Drawn from the letters and journals of soldiers and civilians, this program transports you to a 19th century Christmas filled with the conflicting emotions of a country torn by Civil War – and resonates for our society today.

Entrance to the presentation is included with the purchase of museum admission.

Ought It Not Be a Merry Christmas
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  • How did Americans - both northern and southern - celebrate Christmas during the Civil War? Many of the customs and observances, some of which we cherish to this day, grew to be widely accepted during