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Nov. 16, 2012
CONTACT: K. E. Schwab

SRU's Old Stone House hosts 'A Civil War Christmas' celebration

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Old Stone House will offer the chance to get into the holiday spirit early this year with "A Civil War Christmas" designed to show what it was like to celebrate the holiday nearly 150 years ago.

The two-day program will run 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Dec. 1, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Dec. 2, at the Butler County landmark.

The museum has partnered with Mercer's 10th Pennsylvania Reserve Volunteer Co. and will include historical re-enactments and activities inside the holiday atmosphere of the former stagecoach stop.

Visitors will have time to talk with Civil War soldiers at home and in camp, meet the wives and children who endured the holiday season without husbands and fathers, and learn how Americans celebrated Christmas in the midst of one of the most turbulent and significant periods of the nation's history.

The event is free, but donations to benefit the Old Stone House will be accepted. The suggested donation is $3 per person or $5 per family.

The Old Stone House is located at the intersection of route 8, route 173 and route 528, four miles south of Slippery Rock, and 12 miles north of Butler.

The Old Stone House, one of Butler County's most recognized landmarks, is owned and managed by Slippery Rock University. Aaron Cowan, assistant professor of history, is the facility's curator.

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