"Joyful Traditions: How the Dutch Brought Us Santa, Presents, and Treats," a lecture by Peter G. Rose

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In this lecture, food historian Peter G. Rose delves into the early history of the life of Saint Nicholas, explaining the various changes in his veneration, including how he was brought to America by the Dutch in the 17th century and transformed into Santa in the 19th century.

Free to the public, made possible by the New York Council for the Humanities.

(Pictured: The Feast of Saint Nicholas (Dutch: Het Sint Nicolaasfeest), Jan Steen c. 1665–1668)