The History and Folklore of Santa Claus

Kick off the holiday season with the Virtual Lecture: The History and Folklore of Santa Claus on Thursday, December 1, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom

Tickets: $5.00 per household.

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Organized by the Norwalk Historical Society

Guest presenter: Laura Keyes

Many people know that our modern-day Santa started with St. Nicholas, but what happened on the journey to make us think of a “joyful old elf” rather than a devout Christian bishop? Where exactly does Santa Claus come from and why does his popularity remain so high in modern American popular culture?

This illustrated lecture is well documented, with details of the journey Bishop Nicholas took to become our current Santa Claus. It also includes many recognizable images and poems.

Ms. Keyes will delight audiences with her wonderful nostalgic presentation.
ATTENTION: Due to the secrets revealed, this program is NOT intended for children for whom Santa Claus is a very real character!

About the Presenter: Laura Keyes graduated from UW-Madison with a Masters in Library Science and has presented historical topics for over ten years. She enjoys researching literary symbolism and is engaged to write a book on this subject. In her non-existent spare time, Laura is a wonderful baker and accomplished singer. Laura is currently a library manager in central Illinois. Learn more about Laura Keyes here and here.

For more information about this event and the Norwalk Historical Society, visit, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call 203-846-0525.

The Norwalk Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Angela C. Hale