Saturday, December 7, 2019: Annual Civil War Christmas program
Schedule for Civil War Christmas, Saturday, 7 December
Note: All Activities will be held at the Shindler House/Civil War Center, 136 W. German St.
10.00 am: Shepherdstown’s Holiday Parade
Students in period costume will participate in the town’s annual parade.
11.00 am: What did they wear to keep warm?
Costumed interpreters and public historians will offer a discussion of winter fashion and clothing among soldiers and civilians of the Nineteenth Century.
12.00 pm: Crafts and craftsmen in the 18th and 19th centuries
Dan Tokar, master blacksmith, will discuss craftsmen in the 18th and 19th centuries.
1.00 pm: What did they eat?
Costumed interpreters will provide a cooking demonstration over an open fire.
2.00 pm: A Soldier’s Life
Costumed interpreters and public historians will discuss Civil War soldiers during the winter season.
3.00 pm: A Civilian’s Life
Costumed interpreters and public historians will discuss how the Civil War impacted the experiences of civilians and slaves who lived in communities such as Shepherdstown.
11.00 am-4.00 pm: All-day Open House
A decorated Shindler House will be opened for informal tours. Costumed interpreters will be placed throughout the building and on the grounds to discuss holiday traditions during the Victorian era.
6.00-8.00 pm: A Civil War Christmas
A decorated Shindler House will be opened for informal tours and lighted by candle. Costumed interpreters will be placed throughout the building to discuss holiday traditions during the Victorian era including decorations, religious practices, entertainment, and foodways.
Saturday, January 25, 2020: Dr. James Broomall will present on his book, Private Confederacies: The Emotional Worlds of Southern Men as Citizens and Soldiers, at to the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, Frederick, Maryland. For more information on the museum visit their website at http://www.civilwarmed.org/
March 14, 2020: Dr. James Broomall will present his on book, Private Confederacies: The Emotional Worlds of Southern Men as Citizens and Soldiers, to the West Virginia Independence Hall Foundation at their annual symposium. The 2020 symposium, “West Virginia in the Civil War,” will be held at West Virginia Independence Hall and the First State Capitol in Wheeling, WV.
April 2, 2020: Dr. Broomall will travel to the Petersburg Civil War Round Table.
May 28, 2020: Dr. Broomall will present a talk, “Upon the Tented Field: Manliness and Community in Confederate Camps,” before the Gettysburg Civil War Round Table.