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    Christmas in the Adriatic Pop-Up Exhibit

    Independence Seaport Museum

    211 S. Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19106
    • Saturday November 26th 2022 at 10:00am to Saturday December 31st 2022 at 5:00pm

    As part of our Sea-son of Lights programming, make sure to stop by Cruiser OLYMPIA for a holiday pop-up exhibit, Christmas in the Adriatic, where we explore OLYMPIA's 1920 peacekeeping assignment.

    On December 25, 1920, American Forces in the Adriatic region of Europe participated in a Christmas celebration for the benefit of children "blind, crippled, orphaned through war or otherwise" as part of ongoing humanitarian relief in the region. This celebration involved 1,700 service personnel and 4,000 children from Italy to Dalmatia (now modern-day Croatia).

    OLYMPIA, stationed in Venice, Italy, welcomed approximately 700 children aboard Christmas day. These children were presented with gifts containing chocolate, toys, fruits and nuts, and a holiday card expressing good wishes from America. An additional 300-400 gifts were sent to children ashore who could not board OLYMPIA either because they were too young or too sick.

    $14 - $18
    Alexis Furlong

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