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“Is there a Santa Clause” was the title of an editorial appearing in the September 21, 1897 edition of The Sun of New York. The editorial, which included the famous reply "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus", has become an indelible part of popular Christmas folklore in the United States.
The exhibition, Is there a Santa Claus?, will take the visitor back to Virginia’s time - the late 1890s - with appropriate holiday decoration, classical images of Santa Claus by Thomas Nast, and toys and gifts of the era. Visitors will also delight in the 15 featured music boxes of the period, a recent gift to the permanent collection from Donald Larew.