How St. Nicholas Became Santa

Historian to examine Dutch roots of tradition

Food historian Peter G. Rose will speak at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 24, at the Howland Public Library on St. Nicholas, “the saint who became Santa.” Rose will touch on literature, religion, the fine arts and Dutch food as she describes the extraordinary story of St. Nicholas, who became Santa. A sampling of Dutch cookies will be provided.

Peter G. Rose (photo provided)

Peter G. Rose (photo provided)

Rose’s book, Delicious December: How the Dutch Brought Us Santa, Presents, and Treats, will be available for purchase and signing. A native of Utrecht, she is a past recipient of the Alice P. Kenney Award for research and writing on the food customs and diet of the Dutch settlers in New Netherland.

Her many other books include Food, Drink and Celebrations of the Hudson Valley Dutch and Childhood Pleasures: Dutch Children in the Seventeenth Century. To learn more, visit

The Howland Public Library is located at 313 Main St. For more information, call 845-831-1134 or visit

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