Home Voices event to be presented Jan. 6

Wanda Burch and John Kenosian will present Home Voices on Jan. 6 at 3 p.m. in Amsterdam. (Photo submitted)

AMSTERDAM — Wanda Burch, historian and writer, of Glen, and singer/songwriter John Kenosian of Clifton Park, will present Home Voices: Christmas in the American Civil War through Words and Music on Jan. 6 at 3 p.m. at The Century Club, 130 Guy Park Ave. Donations will go toward honoring a veteran with an Honor Flight to Washington D.C. Joining will be guest soprano Gisella Montanez-Case.

Even with all the sorrow that hangs, and will forever hang, over so many households; 
even while war still rages; even while there are serious questions yet to be settled — ought
it not to be, and is it not, a merry Christmas?” Harper’s Weekly, Dec. 26, 1863.

For a nation torn by civil war, Christmas in the 1860s was observed with conflicting emotions. Nineteenth-century Americans embraced Christmas with all the Victorian trappings that had moved the holiday from the private and religious realm to a public celebration. It was a joyful, sad, religious, boisterous, and subdued event. Accompanying readings from correspondence and journal entries will be original songs, written and composed by Kenosian, based on the stories of the soldiers and their loved ones in Burch’s “The Home Voices Speak Louder than the Drums: Dreams and the Imagination in Civil War Letters and Memoirs.”

Audience participation will be welcomed on some of the more familiar traditional songs from the Civil War period.

Home Voices: the American Civil War Experience through Words and Music is scheduled for six venues in Montgomery County.

For more information, contact Burch at ronwan@capital.net or call (518) 281-4937.