During the month of December, the Manassas Museum will host a free book talk, a Holiday Ornament and Dollhouse Exhibit, an Open House, and tours at Liberia Plantation.

On Sunday, Dec. 1, at 2 p.m. join author John Muller for his free book talk on Mark Twain in Washington, D.C., The Adventures of a Capital Correspondent. Samuel Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, first visited the nation’s capital in 1854. By 1867 he returned to cover the capital for several newspapers and enjoyed the company of fellow hard drinking, irreverent correspondents. It was while he was in Washington that Twain received a publishing offer from the American Publishing Company that began his literary career.

For the month of December, with the price of admission to the Museum, step back in time and get into the holiday spirit at this exhibit of hand crafted Holiday Ornaments and Antique Dollhouses on display at the Manassas Museum.

On Dec. 6, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., the Manassas Museum will host a Holiday Open House.  The Open House is being held in conjunction with the Annual Tree Lighting program in Old Town Manassas.  The Museum will have cookies and cider.  Visits with Santa will be available after the tree lighting.  Echoes, The Manassas Museum Store, will offer a 10% discount on all merchandise during the Open House.

On Dec. 14, at 5:00, 5:45, 6:30 and 7:15 p.m., the Museum will offer Holiday Tours at Liberia Plantation.  Visitors will experience a glimpse into Christmas during the Civil War era.  Costumed interpreters will portray the Weir family, the original owners of Liberia Plantation.  The program also features soldiers encamped on the property and how slaves observed Christmas at the start of the Civil War.  Tickets are available at the Manassas Museum for $15 for adults and $7.50 for children 12 and under. The house and grounds are not handicap accessible.

For more information on any of these programs, visit www.manassasmuseum.org.

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