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Christmas is approaching and the Illinois State Historical Society is looking back at how the holiday has been celebrated in different areas around the state over time. One of the things the ISHS looks at is old diary entries from residents who told stories of how the holiday was celebrated.


Gwen Podeschi with the ISHS shared the story of John Taylor, a Taylorville resident who served in the civil war, and wrote about how Christmas was celebrated in the military during that time. Taylor wrote about preparing for a banquet for the holiday.



Taylor continued, saying how even with a large crowd, the group still had plenty of leftovers, and a good time enjoying each others company.



Podeschi appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.

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