Taste of Christmas Past

Table with pies and cakes and living history re-enactors
Volunteers wait to serve Christmas goodies to visitors.

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What Makes a Holiday Special?

Just like today, the soldiers, officers and their families at remote frontier Army posts in the 1860s looked forward to Christmas. For them it offered a welcome break from the dull routine of garrison duty,

Everyone looked forward to special holiday foods, although getting the ingredients for them was usually difficult. Many Army units and garrisons planned for months in advance to make sure they got the ingredients for these special Christmas foods.
Christmas meals were often a mix of traditional Christmas dishes and everyday favorites. The dishes served at our Christmas Open House event were all mentioned in frontier Christmas accounts. The recipes are all from 19th century sources. We invite you do try them out for yourself and enjoy a "taste of Christmas past."

Last updated: January 17, 2017

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1767 KS Hwy 156
Larned, KS 67550

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