Friday, December 07, 2007

Alexandria Events

Forget the Mall...Hit the Park for some past Christmas History

Saturday 12 - 4 in Fort Ward Park

Fort Ward Museum to Host “Christmas in Camp”

Learn how Christmas was observed during the Civil War at Fort Ward Museum’s annual Christmas in Camp Open House. This popular family-oriented event features a patriotic Santa Claus, living history presentations, period music, Victorian decorations, refreshments, tours and crafts. The suggested donation is $2 for adults and $1 for children.
Soldier and civilian interpreters will welcome the public to winter camps and to the Museum, which will be decorated with festive greenery and a Victorian parlor tree. The Officers’ Hut will be the setting for soldiers opening Christmas boxes from home and sharing how they plan to observe the holiday. Soldier-led tours of the historic fort will be conducted, weather permitting.
A Civil War-era Santa Claus, dressed according to a wartime image popularized by artist Thomas Nast, will read “The Night Before Christmas” to children and hear their Christmas wishes. Santa will also visit troops in camp, just as he did on the 1863 cover of Harper’s Weekly. Youngsters can also learn about popular toys and amusements for Victorian children from a nineteenth-century schoolmarm, and make their own Christmas cards and ornaments.


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