cover photo

Santa Claus Girls Celebrate 100 Years

by GR Public Library & GRHC

In 1908 Adriana VanDoorn, a 23-year old Sunday school secretary and pastor’s assistant at First (Park) Congregational Church, stopped to chat with Elizabeth Muir, one of the reporters, on a trip to the Grand Rapids Herald to deliver the church’s weekly news. During their conversation, Muir showed VanDoorn a news story about a Philadelphia woman who was trying to be Santa Claus to the “forgotten…view full record