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Bringing Local History to Life: Civil War Christmas at Circle Pines City Hall

Date: Dec 15th, 2012

Take a step back in time and experience the Christmas season as it was celebrated by Civil War soldiers and their families.  Join us at Circle Pines City Hall, near the Centennial Library in Circle Pines, on Saturday, December 15th from 10:30 – 1:30, for Civil War Christmas. 
“These days it’s easy to take what we have for granted,” said Anoka County Commissioner Rhonda Sivarajah.  “It’s important to put it in perspective by seeing how families overcame insurmountable odds and still found reason to give thanks for the things they did have.”
Learn about historical traditions of the season--from decorating a tree the way it may have been in the 1860s, to discussing gifts and favorite holiday foods. This hands-on approach to the history of the Civil War and Christmas traditions features family friendly learning stations, activities, and the chance to interact with costumed interpreters from the Second Minnesota Battery as they share stories and talk about life in the 1860s.
“The Civil War was a difficult time for many families on the Minnesota frontier,” said Library Board President Bob Thistle.  “Learn how they still celebrated for the holidays, both in the camp and on the home front.”
Circle Pines City Hall is located at 200 Civic Heights Circle in Circle Pines.  This program is free and open to the public, but seating may be limited.  The program is presented by the Anoka County Historical Society, sponsored by the Anoka County Library, and funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. 
For more information about this and other library programs, call 763-717-3294 or visit your local Anoka County Library.