Spend Thursday celebrating “Christmas in the Camps” and discussing the Breckinridges!

This Thursday, the Lexington History Museum will open its Christmas exhibit “Christmas in the Camps” — a depiction of how the four Christmases, 1861-1864, were observed by the soldiers in the field during the War Between the States. The exhibit features contemporary diary entries from soldiers on both sides as well as historic artifacts and authentic reproductions, describing how the men reconciled their warlike status with their religious traditions. “Christmas in the Camps” will open Thursday, November 19 at 6:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception and will run through January 4. Admission is free and the exhibit is open to the public.

Also on Thursday, State Historian Dr. James Klotter will present “The Breckinridges of Kentucky” at 7:30 p.m. The Breckinridges of Kentucky are one of the two most important families in Kentucky history. Well-known members range from presidential candidate John C. Breckinridge, who served as the nation’s youngest vice president, to educational and religious leader Robert J. Breckinridge to newspaper editor Desha Breckinridge to health-care advocate and founder of the Frontier Nursing Service Mary Breckinridge, among others. Dr. Klotter, Professor of History at Georgetown College, has long studied the family and their place in the state’s story. That work includes his book, The Breckinridges of Kentucky. In this talk he will discuss what lessons he has learned over the years from that study.

Join us as we kickoff the Christmas season at the Lexington History Museum. Located at 215 W. Main St., The Lexington History Museum is open Friday-Monday, Noon-4 p.m. It also opens early Saturdays at 10 a.m. Admission is free. For more information call 859-254-0530 or visit http://www.LexingtonHistoryMuseum.org. The Lexington History Museum engages all people in the discovery and interpretation of the history of Lexington, Ky., and the Bluegrass Region.

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