The History and Folklore of Santa Claus

Dec 14, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Meeting Room B


Many folks know that our modern-day Santa Claus had his start as St. Nicholas, but what happened 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 is well-researched, with details on the journey Bishop Nicholas made to become our current-day Santa Claus. You’ll enjoy recognizing many familiar images and poems in the holiday program.

Laura F. Keyes, of Historic Voices, has been portraying women from history since 2008. She enjoys researching literary symbolism and has been very active in community theater since 1999.

Face masks and social distancing are required for in-person events and programs. Please contact the Reference Desk at 712-323-7553, ext. 2, to reserve a seat. If you’d like to view this program from home via ZOOM, click here to pre-register.

This event is free and open to the public and has been made possible with help from the Council Bluffs Public Library Foundation.