The Elkhart Historical Society was founded in 1988 and has presented
this unique musical experience ever since. Every year offers a
different Christmas theme, with one of the most memorable a few
years ago revealing a typical poor Southern family's late-1800's
Christmas tradition that was interlaced with war-torn, emotional
passages taken from their grandfather's Civil War diary.
year's theme was centered around Bible passages from Isaiah, Matthew
and Luke that have provided the foundation for much of our Christmas
liturgies. Added to that, of course, was Christmas music from over
the centuries that has permeated most societies around the world
with sounds we have all been accustomed to and most of which has
been practiced long before our lifetimes.
From left: Caroline Higgins, Nancy Davis,
Mike Higgins and Steve Henry
Robert McCue, a member of the Elkhart Historical Society,
narrated selections from the Bible passages, which were interspersed
with music played on two harps, a pennywhistle and guitars, and
vocalized by a quartet of singers. All of these performers are
well-known members of various local church congregations, yet they
provided another side of themselves with their superior musical
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Some of the selections were "Christmas Lullaby," "Mary, Did
You Know," "Mille Cherubini," "What Child is This," "A Babe is
Born," "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear," "Angels We Have Heard on
High," "O Holy Night," "First Noel," "Dona Nobis Pachem" and
"Silent Night." The congregation was invited to sing along with
"Joy to the World" and "O Come, All Ye Faithful."
Maureen Douglas at the
Tanya Conrady on harp to her right,
and Tim Gleason on guitar
The performers were Caroline and Mike Higgins, Nancy Davis, and
Steve Henry in the quartet; Maureen Douglas and Tanya Conrady with
Celtic harps; Maureen Douglas with pennywhistle; Tim Gleason with
six- and 12-string guitars; Anne Anderson playing the pipe organ;
and Robert McCue as narrator.
Many of the attendees scurried off to enjoy a hot dinner
afterward at the local Wild Hare Cafe.
[Text from file received from Phil
Elkhart Historical Society provided the theme and research. For
more information, the annual Elkhart historical calendar and
membership opportunities, visit