- The Washington Times - Saturday, December 1, 2001

Dec. 8:
The Fort Ward Museum's Christmas in Camp program will present the holiday as it was celebrated by Union and Confederate soldiers, from noon to 4 p.m. at the museum, 4301 Braddock Road in Alexandria. A Union Patriotic Santa Claus, inspired by an 1863 drawing by famed cartoonist Thomas Nast, will listen to youngsters' holiday wishes and read "A Visit From St. Nicholas" ("The Night Before Christmas"). The program is free. For information, call 703/838-4848.


Dec. 9:
Historian and author Kevin Rawlings will portray cartoonist Thomas Nast's Patriotic Santa Claus and discuss his book "We Were Marching on Christmas Day" at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick. He also will recite Civil War-era parodies of the poem "A Visit From St. Nicholas." The program is noon to 3 p.m. The museum, at 48 E. Patrick St., is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. Admission $6.50 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4.50 for children ages 10 to 16 and free for children younger than 9 free. 301/695-1864.

Historian and actress Sara Bartlett will present a program on "Secret Thespians: Spies and Actresses of the Civil War" at a meeting of the Capitol Hill Civil War Round Table. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in Room 1302 of the Longworth House Office Building. Call Shirley Hays at 703/998-5628.
Dec. 16:
A program interpreting American patriotic and historical music, performed by Douglas Jimerson with Gilmore's Light Ensemble, will take place on the Ellipse at 6 p.m. 800/521-1585, Ext. 2.

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