presented by the oakdale historical society



The Oakdale Historical Society presented a Civil War Christmas on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Oakdale. The event brought together the efforts of a number of local organizations including the Islip Arts Council.

Reenactors from the 67th New York Volunteer Company K and 14th Brooklyn New York State Militia Company H set up camp complete with tents and military equipment, dramatizing what life was like at Christmastime for those serving during the Civil War. The tents were arranged around actual Civil War soldiers' gravestones on the front lawn of the church.

OHS members decorated the sanctuary of the church with fresh evergreens, while a violinist made possible through the Islip Arts Council, performed period music. Islip Town Historian George Munkenbeck spoke about 19th-century Christmas customs. The Angel Choir from Girl Scout Troop 1855 in Oakdale performed traditional Christmas carols and members of the Bay Area Friends of Fine Arts Choir entertained in period dress.

St. John’s, also known as Charlotte Church, is the second-oldest Episcopal Church on Long Island, founded in 1765 as a Nicoll family chapel and was named for Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George III.

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