Santa and the City
December 3, 2016 - January 8, 2017
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Images of jolly old St. Nicholas drawn from the Museum's collections.
Stories of Saint Nicholas date back more than a millennium, but it was four 19th-century New Yorkers—John Pintard, Washington Irving, Clement Clark Moore, and Thomas Nast—who shaped the image of Santa Claus as we know him today. From Pintard's push to make St. Nicholas the patron saint of the city to Irving's early description and Nast's enduring images to Moore's poem "Twas the Night Before Christmas," Santa's New York roots are undeniable.
This holiday installation features a examples of Santa in the city from the Museum's collections.