The Northumberland County Historical Society will offer its annual Christmas celebration and meeting on Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. Our program that celebrates the everyday lives of Southern people during the War Between the States will begin with a view of “Confederate Women during the Civil War” portrayed by Mrs. Anita Harrower. Her presentation will feature the daily lives of Southern women through their stories and music. Mrs. Harrower will explore the roles women played at home and in work and emphasize their warmth, their courage, their coping skills and strength at a most difficult time. In concluding our program, Mr. Chris Cralle, one of our NCHS members, will give the audience a nostalgic glimpse at “Christmases Past in the Confederacy.” His two readings will feature the voices and circumstances of two very different Confederate citizens during the War.
Mrs. Harrower is a resident of Dunnsville, Virginia. She and her husband moved to Essex County after she retired as circulation manager of a national trade magazine. Her involvement in theater and one woman shows traces back to her childhood and her first solo in church at age three. Since then she had participated in a variety of plays and musicals including The Lancaster Players and The Westmoreland Players.
Mr. Chris Cralle, a native of Northumberland County and current resident, has offered well received readings at previous Historical Society Meetings. He has been a long term member of the Society.
Refreshments will be served following the performance and presentation. Both Society members and the general public are welcome to attend this Christmas celebration, held at the Society’ s Ball Memorial Library and Museum, 86 Back Street in Heathsville. For more information, phone 580-8581 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.