Jacksonville Public Library Event Calendar


Date: 12/6/2021
Time: 7:00 PM -
Title: The History and Folklore of Santa Claus (on Zoom and In-Person)
Contact: Sarah, 217-243-5435
Location: Zoom and in Library Meeting Room
Description: Many folks know that our modern-day Santa Claus had his start as St. Nicholas, but what happened on the journey to make us think of a "jolly old elf," rather than a pious Christian Bishop? Where, exactly, did Santa Claus come from, and why does his popularity remain so high in modern American popular culture? This illustrated lecture by Laura F. Keyes is well-researched, with details on the journey that Bishop Nicholas made to become our current-day Santa Claus. PLEASE NOTE: Because of secrets revealed, this program is not intended for children for whom Santa Claus is a very real figure!

If you're interested in attending at home, please e-mail Sarah at ssnyder@jaxpl.org for the Zoom link. This Zoom presentation will also be displayed in the meeting room at the library; no registration is required to attend in-person. 

The presenter, Laura Keyes, graduated from UW-Madison with a Master's Degree in Library Studies, and has been presenting on historic topics for over ten years. She enjoys researching literary symbolism, and is contracted to write a book on that subject.    

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