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Civil War Christmas Party, Honey Springs Battlefield and Visitor Center

December 15, 2018, 3 p.m.5 p.m.

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Honey Springs Battlefield and Visitor Center is excited to announce its first-ever Civil War Christmas themed event to be held on Saturday, December 15, from 3 to 5 pm. The event will be fun for adults and children alike. Children are encouraged to bring their smiles and wish lists to the Visitor Center, where they will have the opportunity to sit, talk, and take photographs with Santa. There also will be Christmas crafts, a coloring contest, Civil War soldiers dressed in period attire, and refreshments provided by the Checotah Landmark Preservation Society from the Katy Depot in Checotah. The program is free to the public, but donations are welcome.

Soldiers celebrated Christmas in camp during the Civil War in many ways. For example, they commonly decorated trees in their campsites, sang Christmas carols, and gave gifts. Although Christmas was celebrated during the Civil War by both the North and South, it was not officially designated a federal holiday until 1870. President Ulysses S. Grant designated Christmas as an official holiday after the Civil War in an attempt to reunite the still fractured country.

For more information regarding the presentation and the Honey Springs Battlefield and Visitor Center, please email alynn@okhistory.org or call 918-473-5572. Honey Springs Battlefield and Visitor Center is located east of US Highway 69 between Oktaha and Rentiesville. The Visitor Center is located on the northeast corner of the intersection of East 1030 Road and 11th Street, diagonal from the Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame.


December 15, 2018
3 p.m.–5 p.m.
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Honey Springs Battlefield and Visitor Center
101601 South 4232 Road Checotah, OK 74426