"Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus: GSE Alumnae

“Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy…”

These famous words, written by New York Sun editor Frank Church, in response to Virginia O’Hanlon’s letter to the editor in 1897, have been reprinted millions of times across the world since their original publication. They also appeared in Virgina O’Hanlon Douglas’s doctoral dissertation for Fordham’s Graduate School of Education, “The Importance of Play,” which she successfully defended in 1930.

Read the full letter here.

Read the full story in Fordham Alumni News here.
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