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A Civil War Christmas

From December 2-4, 2016, visitors to Shepherdstown, West Virginia, will be able to step back in time and get a feel for what the holidays were like during the Civil War-era. Shepherd University’s George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War, the Shepherd University Foundation, and the Department of History will collaborate with organizers of the annual Christmas in Shepherdstown to help bring a historical flair to the annual event.

Civil War Christmas in Shepherdstown, December 2-4, 2016.

Friday, December 2

1. 00 PM—Building of Military Encampment, George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War (GTMC), 136 W. German St. Speak to soldiers as they set up camp, drill, fire their weapons, and prepare to make a meal.

6:15 PM—Village Brass Quintet, Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church. Featuring 19th century music.

7:00 PM—Lecture, “Christmas Mourning: Love, Loss, and Widowhood in the Civil War South,” by Dr. Angela Elder, Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church, 100 W. Washington St.

8:00 PM—Candlelight tour of the GTMC and military encampment.

Saturday, December 3

9:00 AM—Military Encampment, GTMC; 136 W. German St. Speak to soldiers as they prepare for the day, have role call and drill.

10:00 AM—Shepherdstown Christmas Parade, German Street.

11:30 PM, 12:30 PM, 1:30 PM—19th Century Shadow Play, Reynolds Hall, Shepherd University. See how families celebrated Christmas in the mid-19th century.

11:30 am – 2:00 PM—Christmas crafts and toy demonstrations for kids, Reynolds Hall, Shepherd University. See how kids played in the mid-19th Century.

11:30 am – 1:00 PM—Walking Tours of Shepherdstown, leaving every 30 minutes from the Entler Hotel. Last tour leaving at 1 pm.

12 PM—Living history arrest and trial of Confederate soldier and collaborators, GTMC.

1 pm, 2 pm, 3 PM—Tours, drill, and firing demonstrations of the military encampment at the GTMC;136 W. German St.

1 – 3 PM—Tours of Popodicon

4 – 6 PM—Progressive tours of George Tyler Moore Center / Popodicon / Ferry Hill

Sunday, December 4

2:00 – 3:30 PM—Scholar’s Roundtable, “The Soldiers’ Civil War,” Jefferson Room, White Hall, Shepherd University. Dr. James Broomall, Dr. Peter Luebke, and Dr. Lauren Thompson

Faculty News

Prof. Ben Bankhurst co-organized a one-day conference in England, which focused on the work and legacy of Cecil Sharp. As an English folklorist and musician, Sharp traveled to southern Appalachia to document and record the region’s music. For the full story, see

Prof. David Gordon presented a paper titled “‘Always in Love with Great Ends’:  Pearl S. Buck’s Response to Sun Yatsen and His Nationalist Revolution” at the Pearl S. Buck Living Gateway Conference, held September 11-13, 2016 in Morgantown, West Virginia. Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973) was a Nobel Prize-winning West Virginia author who was raised in China and wrote primarily about that country.