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Bringing Local History to Life: A Civil War Christmas

Date: Dec 7th, 2013

Get a jump start on your holiday celebrations by hearing about a Civil War Christmas at the Mississippi Library Saturday, December 7th at 2:00 pm.  A fashionable woman of the 1860s would have worn her very best to celebrate the season and that is just what this living history presentation brings!  A spirited talk from a presenter (in full 1860s fashion), will share stories from an Anoka area perspective; how a tree might have been decorated, what Christmas treats would have been prepared, what gifts would have been exchanged and more.  Guests will listen to the music of the season and get a peek at how Christmas in 1860’s Anoka County would have celebrated during the hard years of the American Civil War. 

“Learn more about how the early settlers of Anoka County celebrated the holiday season,” said Library Board President Bob Thistle, “Some of the traditions may even still exist today.”

“Considering how elaborate many holiday celebrations have become, it will be an eye opening experience to see how our ancestors celebrated the season!” said Anoka County Commissioner Robyn West.

Mississippi Library is located at 410 Mississippi Street in Fridley.  This program is free and open to the public, but seating may be limited.  A Civil War Christmas  is sponsored by the Anoka County Library, presented by the Anoka County Historical Society, and funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

For more information about this and other library programs, call 763-712-2322 or visit your local Anoka County Library.