It is that time of the semester again when finals and projects are being wrapped up in order to spend a joyous break with family and friends. However, have you ever wondered if holiday cheer reached soldiers while at war? If so, take a little study break and check out the exhibit on the 2nd floor of FHG Library near circulation. Here you will see an exhibit on the Christmas Truce of 1914. During World War I in the year of 1914, something miraculous happened! Soldiers from warring sides stopped fighting and enjoyed the Christmas cheer by exchanging gifts, sharing meals, and even playing soccer! This exhibit contains transcribed newspaper articles, Christmas tins from the war, books, and published works by WCU’s very own alumnus, Stanley Weintraub.
Stanley Weintraub’s book, Silent Night, uses letters, diaries, and extensive research to showcase a unique event to happen during a time of war. Along with his book are other books on the topic, some of them being children’s book. All of these works can be found in FHG Library’s catalog as well as in Special Collections on the 6th floor. The newspaper articles can be found on America’s Historical Newspapers online database accessible through library services.
If you have any questions about this exhibit or using resources in Special Collections (which includes fun stuff like photographs, diaries, and other historic documents) please contact Tara Wink (Special Collections Librarian) at email@example.com or Michelle Fitch (Special Collections Technician) at firstname.lastname@example.org.