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Three Village Holiday Traditions: Part II

Items from the society's collections


Flying in without the reindeer:

What better way for Santa to arrive in Stony Brook in the modern age but by helicopter. In this 1948 photograph Santa arrives in a Bell 47 helicopter to the delight of all the children.




The holiday with Miss Kate Strong

Santa Claus and Miss Kate Strong (in rocking chair at right), known for her tales of long ago, host a Christmas Eve Party for children at the Setauket Neighborhood House in 1946. Each child was given a small bag of candy and an orange.



A "True Tale" by Miss Kate


Postcards. TVHS collection

A Letter to Santa


A Brief History of Sending a Letter to Santa | Arts & Culture | Smithsonian Magazine










Ward Melville's letters to Santa and Christmas lists:

John Ward Melville, born January 5,1887, was the son of Frank and Jennie Melville. Among the many papers, photographs and ephemera from multiple generations of the Melville family are many Christmas lists kept by Ward from childhood to adulthood-items given and received-including this note to Santa in 1892.