12/12/2013 11:16:00 AM Christmas at the Front: WW1's truce of 1914 Military museum recreates holiday celebration in the trenches off WWI
SPRINGFIELD — Living historians from the Illinois National Guard and Militia Historical Society will tell the story of World War I's 1914 Christmas truce and the Great War that changed Illinois and the world on Tuesday, Dec. 17, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at the Illinois State Military Museum.
Dr. Chris McDonald, Lincoln Land Community College professor of political science, will provide a short talk about the Christmas truce. Holiday carols will be sung by the Sound Celebration. Free coffee, hot cider and cocoa will be available. Admission and parking both are free. The museum is a collection site for the Toys for Tots program and will be accepting donations of new, unwrapped toys.
The museum is located at 1301 N. MacArthur Blvd, Springfield, Ill., 62702, two blocks north of the intersection of MacArthur Blvd. and North Grand Ave.
The Illinois State Military Museum displays the history of the Illinois National Guard from 1723 to the 21st Century. Regular museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 1-4:30 p.m.
For more information (217) 761-3910, NGILMilitary Museum@ng.army.mil orwww.il.ngb.army.mil/museum/.