|The Colonel Crowther Foundation will present a living history Christmas event during Tyrone’s Yuletyme Christmas celebration Saturday afternoon, December 1.
This special Civil War Christmas program will be held at the Wesley United Methodist Church, corner of Logan Ave. and 12th Street, in Tyrone from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. A donation to the foundation would be appreciated.
Ladies dressed in period attire will be in the church parlor. These living historians will tell you about how the family at home celebrated Christmas in 1862. A tabletop Christmas tree decorated the way it would have been during that time will be displayed along with original copies of Harper’s Weekly newspapers.
The ladies will also be describing the gift boxes that many families and organizations prepared and shipped to the men who were in camp at Christmas. They will describe the items that were usually included in the box. An original copy of Harper’s Weekly with the front page Winslow Homer illustration of the men opening these boxes will be on display.
An original marble game that was played both at home and in camp will be displayed. A reproduction of this game featuring 32 stone colored marbles will be raffled. A copy of the History Channel’s A Nation Divided PC game will also be raffled. The drawings held at closing time of the event. Tickets are $2 each, three for $5. Christmas candy and other items will be available for sale.
Visitors will see a military camp setting in the social hall. This setting will feature living historians telling you about how soldiers experienced Christmas in camp in 1862. You will hear first hand accounts from letters written by soldiers. Colonel James Crowther wrote one of the letters that will be read. Colonel Crowther did not come home during Christmas in 1862. He was in winter quarters with his regiment at Falmouth, Virginia; across the Rappahannock River from Fredericksburg. In this letter Colonel Crowther described the Christmas meal he had with his men. Samples of the food the men ate for this meal will be available to those who attend this event.
Bob Hileman, Jr., President of the Colonel Crowther Foundation said, “I am delighted that artist Jared Frederick will be on hand to display artwork and sign copies of his unique Civil War coloring books.
“Jared is a very talented young man who was with us during our August event. We know that those attending this event will want to consider purchasing one of his books. They are a wonderful gift for a young person who will enjoy coloring the picture and reading the accompanying text that describes the individual or event.”