December 1, 2009
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab
Old Stone House celebrates Civil War Christmas
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Old Stone House celebrates the holiday season Saturday and Sunday with "A Civil War Christmas," a free program highlighting the traditions, music and culture of Christmas in 19th-century America.
The event, presented in partnership with Mercer's 10th Pennsylvania Reserve Volunteer Company, will include historical re-enactments and activities inside the festive holiday atmosphere of the Stone House. Light refreshments will be served.
Visitors are invited 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.
Doors open at 10 a.m., with festivities continuing to 5 p.m. each day.
Admission is free, but donations to benefit the Old Stone House will be accepted.
The Old Stone House is located at the intersection of route 8, route 173 and route 528, 12 miles north of Butler.
The Old Stone House is owned and managed by Slippery Rock University and Aaron Cowman, SRU assistant professor of history, is the curator . More information is available at: http://www.oldstonehousePA.org.
Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.