From the Co-Presidents of the History Club at EIU:
On December 6th, several members from the History Club at Eastern Illinois University volunteered at the “Civil War Christmas” event at the Lincoln Log Cabin Historic State Site. Visitors were able to see what preparing for Christmas was like for the Thomas Lincoln family and their neighbors the Sargents.Children visitors were able to do period-appropriate, holiday-themed crafts like making paper ornaments. Visitors were also welcomed by a 19th century Santa Claus, dressed in red, white, and blue to show Union support.History Club Secretary Tom Travis donned his personal Union solider uniform and educated guests on what a solider’s Christmas may have been like on the front. He also served as Santa’s aid while greeting children.Co-Presidents Emily McInerney and Cayla Wagner also traded modern clothing for period clothing while sitting in the Lincoln’s cabin. They, too, explained to guests what it might have been like to celebrate the holiday. The History Club at EIU plans on maintaining a relationship with Lincoln Log Cabin and volunteering at future events to help educate the public about life in the 1800s.