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December 18, 1997|By Karin Remesch

Civil War Christmas

Learn about Christmas customs and traditions popular during the Civil War at a slide presentation tomorrow evening at the Antietam National Battlefield's visitor center in Sharpsburg. A "Civil War Christmas" also includes music, refreshments and a visit by Santa Claus. And meet Kevin Rawlings, a living history volunteer, who will provide an impression of a Civil War-era Santa and then autograph copies of his book, "We Were Marching on Christmas Day, A History and Chronicle of Christmas Day during the Civil War."

The family program will be presented from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is free. The Antietam National Battlefield visitor center is on Route 65. Call 301-432-5124.

The White House Collection of American Crafts

The first official White House crafts collection, assembled with the initiation of President and Mrs. Clinton in recognition of the country's tradition of craftmaking, will be on view at the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington tomorrow through Feb. 22. The exhibit includes the work of more than 70 of America's leading craft artists working today. The collection ranges from utilitarian pieces to purely decorative and sculptural forms, including contemporary glass, ceramic, fiber, wood and metal works.

Introduced during the 1993 holiday season at the White House, the collection will return there after being on display at the Delaware Art Museum.

The museum is at 2301 Kentmere Parkway. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 adults, $3 seniors, $2.50 students, age 6 and under free. Admission is also free from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Call 302-571-9590.

Pub Date: 12/18/97

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