Kelly Smith Explores Christmas Truce of 1914 During Presentation at Upcountry History Museum

December 16, 2014 at 1:10 pm

Adjunct history professor Kelly Smith will speak at 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 18 at the Upcountry History Museum as part of their History After Dark Program.

Smith’s topic is “Carols in No Man’s Land:  The Centennial of the Christmas Day Truce.”

When World War I ended, nearly 20 million people were dead and the world’s landscape had been forever altered. The nations involved highlighted the barbarity of their respective “enemies.” Millions of dollars were spent to dehumanize the opponent.

When the war commenced in 1914, everyone believed they would be home by Christmas, but as the body count rose and the trench system developed, it became clear to all that this would not be the case.

Then on Christmas Eve, on a field in Flanders, the sounds of “Silent Night” echoed through No Man’s Land. A miracle happened, and for one day sounds of shells were not heard. This program will explore the Christmas Truce in 1914 and a personal connection of the speaker that highlights history, and humanity, surrounds us all.

Tickets are $6 for nonmembers. For more information, contact Elizabeth McSherry at (864) 467-3100, ext. 105.