Dear Santa, It’s me Robert!
The Slater Area Historical Association has mounted its holiday exhibit, ‘Dear Santa,’ a compilation of letters to Santa published in the Slater News during the 1950s and 1960s. The display features photos from the era, as well as toys from the ’50s and ’60s. The colorful exhibit is a look into a simpler time, but with the overlay of an awareness of the cold war and its threats.
The exhibit lets the viewer into the world of local children:
“If a fairy would come to me and say that I could have three wishes for Christmas I would say – To have a better situation down south, peace in the world forever, and Mr. Kruschev to make friends with President Eisenhower.” Love, Beverly
“Ma and Pa say I have too many gifts. They say that I have been as naughty as can be. But just before Christmas I’m as good as can be.” Love, Richard
“Daddy, Mommy and I go down to Grandpa and Grandma’s house in the bobsled when there is snow on the ground, and Mother’s brothers and sisters and their families are there. We play all kinds of games and have so many good things to eat. Then in the afternoon Santa Claus comes and we get part of our gifts, after singing songs for Santa Claus, promising to be good boys and girls for another year. It is finally time to go home to open the rest of my gifts and by that time I am so tired it’s time to go to bed.” Love, Barbara
This exhibit is perfect for the family to enjoy. Heritage Hall Museum has added extra hours during the holiday season. The Museum, at 318 First Ave., Slater, is open on Sunday afternoons from 2-4 until Jan. 15. Regular hours are 10-2 on Thursdays or call 515-480-9789 to view at your convenience. The Association also welcomes groups.