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Any photos not otherwise credited are from the personal collection of Frank Passic, Albion Historian.


Morning Star, December 11, 2016, pg. 9

A reminder to my readers that just three of my Albion history books are still available to purchase and give as gifts for Christmas or birthdays: Growing Up in Albion, Albion in Review, and Albion [Postcards]. All others are sold out. You may purchase these from me directly, or by mail. Contact me at (517) 629-5402, or by e-mail at Albionfp@hotmail.com for specific information.

As we approach the Christmas holiday, Iíve been sifting through my files to come up with some interesting Albion Christmas photographs. Here is one of them.

On December 17, 1964. Mrs. Myrtle Andersonís class at the Austin Elementary School performed a play about holiday customs and songs of several European countries in front of their parents and friends. Their particular room was decorated to represent a Christmas in the country of Norway. From our Historical Notebook this week we present a scene from the play, which was entitled "One Christmas." Here we see Santaís sleigh with reindeer making their exit (see the "EXIT"sign?) to the right. On the far right is a large round object, and below that a miniature manger scene. The children are singing "The Candle Song,"and are holding candles with fake construction paper "flames"on top.

Thanks to friends on Facebook, weíve been able to identify some of the students. Directly under the sleigh are: Landon Mitchell, Deborah Greene, George Craig, and Wade Spicer. The girl with the microphone in front is Alfreda Dysart. How many of our readers remember being part of a Christmas play at your school?

Austin School Christmas, December 19, 1964


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