Victorian Christmas at the Civil War Museum
Join the Civil War Museum on Saturday, December 8th, as they explore the traditions and activities involved in the Victorian Era celebration of the Christmas season. The activities run from 11 am to 4 pm, and listed below is the schedule of events:
11 am to 4 pm – Visit the Winter Camp of a Civil War Soldier
See how Civil War soldiers celebrated the Christmas holiday and survived the cold of winter with living historian, Steve Acker.
11 am to 4 pm – Family Craft Activities
Make calling cards, dance cards, and other 19th century Christmas crafts.
11 am to 4 pm – Book Signing and Activities
Meet the authors of Plank Road Winter, sisters Hilda and Emily Demuth.
11:15 am to 11:45 am – “Lincoln’s Official Holidays” Program
Find out how President Lincoln and his family spent Christmas and New Year’s during his time in the White House. This lecture will be given by the Civil War Museum curator, Doug Dammann.
12 noon to 12:45 pm and 3:15 pm to 4:00 pm – Dance Demonstrations and Instruction
Members of the West Side Victorian Dancers provide instruction and demonstrations of 19th century dances.
1 pm to 1:30 pm – Christmas Carols
Join the Lance Middle School Choir as they sing holiday selections.
1:30 pm to 2:15 pm – The Wisconsin Angel: Cordelia Harvey
A first person theater performance starring Mrs. Cordelia Harvey.
2:15 pm to 3:00 pm – Victorian Fashion Show and Traditions Display
Members of The Historical Timekeepers show off their finest 19th century garments.
All of these family-friendly activities are free and open to the public.