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Notice for Ottawa Branch Meeting

Date: Saturday, December 14, 2013

Time: 1:00 p.m.

Location: City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive, Ottawa

Topic:” Freiman’s Santa Claus Train”

Speaker: Andrew Jeanes

Brief Overview: Ottawa’s premier department store, Freiman’s, operated the Santa Claus train from 1956 to 1967. Santa boarded the train, surrounded by children, at Vars, whose former station is now preserved at the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum. The arrival to a civic welcome at Union Station, followed by a parade down Rideau Street to Freiman’s was a major Ottawa event. Andrew Jeanes is a Culture Services Advisor at the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport and studied heritage conservation under Herb Stovel at Carleton University’s School of Canadian Studies. He will present the story of this favourite Christmas tradition.

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