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Lewis Army Museum

Museum to honor historic Christmas

Event to recall the ‘Great War’

Northwest Guardian

Published: 11:44AM December 5th, 2017

If you go

What: “A Great War Christmas”

Where: Lewis Army Museum, 4320 Main St., Lewis Main

When: Saturday from 10 a.m. to

2 p.m.

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For those yearning for the magic and simplicity of yesterday, here’s a chance to enjoy “A Great War Christmas” at the Lewis Army Museum. The event is a free open house Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Those who have studied history may already have heard of the famous World War I Christmas truce of 1914. It began Christmas Eve, shortly after the Great War began.

That’s when both sides of the trenches erupted into the singing of Christmas carols and shouts of “Merry Christmas” and “Frahliche Weihnachten” could be heard instead of the deathly sounds of gunfire. A German brass band even joined in the revelry. Fighting and warfare resumed after the holiday.

That moment in history will be retold at the museum event, as will other stories and tales of holiday cheer and compassion. The event is for all ages, so come ready to participate in holiday music, games and more.

“We’re really excited and looking forward to the family day at the museum,” said Erik Flint, Lewis Army Museum director.

This is the inaugural military family event; a similar family activity is expected to occur monthly at the museum, Flint said.

“We wanted to have an event for the whole family to enjoy once a month, and this will get us started with the tradition,” he said.

In addition to learning to make Christmas ornaments, including a paper chain garland, there will be games and activities, including a smell scavenger hunt. The scavenger hunt will feature a variety of Christmas smells for the kids, and adults, to identify and collect.

“(There) will only be good smells,” Flint said.

Donuts, drinks and other refreshments will be available, as well as a chance to check out holiday menus and music from the World War I era.

In addition to welcoming in the holidays, the event will provide an opportunity for folks to see and experience some of the museum’s 15,000 square feet of indoor exhibits — recently renovated and reopened after a yearlong rehab.

“This is a way for everyone to see the renovations since we reopened the museum, and it is a fun way to kick off the holidays,” Flint said.

The Lewis Army Museum is located at 4320 Main St. Regular hours are Wednesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum is closed on federal holidays.

For more information, call 253-967-7206 or visit: