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History Center looks back to Christmas in the 1950s

LOCKPORT – For a glimpse of holiday magic, visit “Christmas in the 1950s” when the Niagara History Center presents its next free family night on Tuesday.

Historians have found that many Christmas traditions were started in the 1950s, as post-World War II America celebrated Christmas with a renewed prosperity and hope for the future. Becky Pittler, History Center volunteer and co-curator of its Bond-Hawley House, will be the guest speaker Tuesday.

Participants will hear how aluminum trees and plastic decorations became part of Christmas celebrations in the 1950s, and learn more about some toys that were introduced then and have lasted for decades.

The all-ages program will include conversation and games, plus children can make '50s-style Christmas decorations.

A pizza and beverage supper will be available for a nominal donation from 5:30 to 6 p.m., followed by the program, which goes to 7:30.

Family Nights are open to all regardless of residence, but reservations are necessary. Call 434-7433. The History Center is located at 215 Niagara St., Lockport. It receives grant assistance from the New York State Council on the Arts.


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