1889 - 1971
Mrs. Laura Virginia O'Hanlon (Douglas) went on to
become an educator and a staunch supporter of children's
rights. In 1961, she reaffirmed her belief in the spirit of
Santa Claus, saying it "stands for love and sharing, the
joy of giving and the extension of it to all people."
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Communications • Women. A significant historical date for this entry is September 21, 1897.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Elizabeth Cady Stanton (approx. ¼ mile away); St. Gregory's Park (approx. ¼ mile away); Teresa Carreño (approx. 0.3 miles away); Ballet Hispanico of New York (approx. 0.3 miles away); Claremont Riding Academy (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Claremont Riding Academy (approx. 0.3 miles away); Public School 166 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Barnett Newman (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
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1. Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus (Wikipedia). "In 1897, Dr. Philip O'Hanlon, a coroner's assistant on Manhattan's Upper West Side, was asked by his then eight-year-old daughter, Virginia O'Hanlon (1889–1971), whether Santa Claus, really existed. O'Hanlon suggested she write to The Sun, a then prominent New York City newspaper, assuring her that "If you see it in The Sun, it's so." In so doing, Dr. O'Hanlon had unwittingly given one of the paper's editors, Francis Pharcellus Church, an opportunity to rise above the simple question and address the philosophical issues behind it." (Submitted on May 6, 2021.)
2. Yes, Virginia There is a Santa Claus (Huffpost, March 18, 2010). "On a chilly Friday evening, December 4, a moving event took place at The Studio School, 115-117 West 95th Street. We gathered to honor the life and legacy of Virginia O’Hanlon. A large gathering, including three generations of the O’Hanlon family, attended the ceremony to dedicate an historic plaque in Virginia’s name." (Submitted on May 6, 2021.)
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