“For a nation torn by civil war, Christmas in the 1860s was observed with conflicting emotions. Nineteenth-century Americans embraced Christmas with all the Victorian trappings that had moved the holiday from the private and religious realm to a public celebration. Christmas cards were in vogue, carol singing was common in public venues, and greenery festooned communities north and south. Christmas trees stood in places of honor in many homes, and a mirthful poem about the jolly old elf who delivered toys to well-behaved children captivated Americans on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line.”
Dr. Costen House Museum, partnering with Lower Shore Performing Arts Company, is proud to present “Reflections on an Antebellum Christmas” A collection of stories and memories from personal journals and articles written during that time.
Fan of the Arts and History Donation:$10
Star donation: $30 and free access to the museum for the year. Retain your pay pal receipt.
Tea time donation: $50 Admission to our spring tea and free access to the museum for the year. Retain your pay pal receipt.
All donations will support the operating costs of Costen House!