Military museum recreates holiday celebration in the trenches of first world war

SPRINGFIELD, IL (12/12/2013)(readMedia)-- WHO:

• Illinois State Military Museum

• Illinois National Guard and Militia Historical Society

WHAT:

Military Museum Living Historians tell the story of World War I's 1914 Christmas truce and the Great War that changed Illinois and the world. Dr. Chris McDonald, Lincoln Land Community College professor of political science, provides a short talk about the Christmas truce. Holiday carols by the Sound Celebration.

WHEN:

• 6 to 9:00 p.m. Dec.17, 2013

WHERE:

• Illinois State Military Museum, 1301 N. MacArthur Blvd, Springfield, Ill., 62702, two blocks north of the intersection of MacArthur Blvd. and North Grand Ave.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

• Free coffee, hot cider or cocoa.

• The museum is a collection site for the Toys for Tots program and will be accepting donations of new, unwrapped toys.

• Admission and parking are free.

For further information, please contact the Illinois State Military Museum at 217-761-3910

The Illinois State Military Museum displays the history of the Illinois National Guard from 1723 to the 21st Century. Located two blocks north of the intersection of MacArthur Blvd. and North Grand Ave. in Springfield, Ill., the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 1-4:30 p.m. Admission and parking are free. Contact the museum at (217) 761-3910 or NGILMilitaryMuseum@ng.army.mil or visit http://www.il.ngb.army.mil/museum/. Become a museum Facebook Fan at www.facebook.com/illinoisstatemilitarymuseum. To learn more about Illinois National Guard history visit http://www.il.ngb.army.mil/History/.