“Marching on Christmas Day”, taken from antique historical collectibles, will be presented by Donna Davis at 10 a.m. Saturday in the fellowship hall of First Baptist Church, 6501 Hazel St.
Davis has lived in Pine Bluff since 1982 when she moved here while her parents were living and operating the large fabric shop at Jefferson Square. She had attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, prior to moving and working in Atlanta for several years. She worked for First South Arkansas Savings and Loan, then the Pine Bluff National Bank, where she retired as vice president of deposit operations.
She is a member of the First Christian Church in Pine Bluff, where she teaches an adult Sunday School class. She enjoys reading, traveling and visiting her sons when she can. She is an active member of the Pine Bluff-John McAlmont Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, where she served a two-year term as the chapter treasurer and is presently serving as chairman of the chapter’s community volunteer hours committee.
The love she has for history and the desire to bring it alive for others has inspired her interest in becoming a collector of antique Christmases, which includes Christmas books of all genre. Since 1991, she has attended the yearly conventions of “the Golden Glow of Christmas Past”, a collector’s organization with a membership from all over the world. Various Christmas collectibles are displayed, many great speakers and attendees are anxious to share their knowledge of past Christmas information.
In 1996 Kevin Rawlings, a Civil War presenter at the convention, came dressed as a Civil War Santa, as illustrated by Thomas Nast in Rawlings’ book, “We Were Marching on Christmas Day”, which Rawlings had written and reviewed at the convention. The book included some of the letters from Union soldiers stationed at Pine Bluff during the Civil War. This created a great interest, especially since Rawlings granted Davis permission to share quotes from his book in an exhibit at the Jefferson County Historical Museum in December 1996.
Through Davis’ antique Christmas book collections she has gleaned information of American troops from George Washington and the Revolutionary troops at Valley Forge in December 1776 as they were “Marching on Christmas Day” on down through World War I and II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan, fighting for freedom throughout the world.
The public is invited to attend. Handcrafted door prizes will be furnished by Anna Bess Westerfield. Refreshments will be served following the review.