Some things never change, and the traditional Christmas party held at Craig elementary schools is one of those holiday events still held today. In 1953, a party was held at Craig’s Breeze School in the gymnasium, which stood in the 600 block of Breeze Street. From the photograph, which was taken by local photographer Al Wiggins, it appears that every elementary age child in town must have been in attendance. A Christmas tree sits at the center of the room surrounded by the children milling around engaged in various activities. The remains of a full meal are still evident on some of the tables, and many of the children can be seen holding small gifts. Santa Claus, sporting a most hideous plastic mask and beard, can be seen at photo left, handing out small items to the children.
The faces of the children and adults in this particular photo are so clear that the staff at the Museum of Northwest Colorado feels certain they could easily be identified. The only person currently identified in this photo is Addie Morton, who was the head of the hot lunch program at the school. She can be seen near the photo right in a white blouse.
Children who were at this event would have been born in the early to mid-1940s. If you, or anyone you know, might be in this photo, or remember being at this event, the museum staff would love to hear from you. We would be glad to email you the image if that would assist you in identifying any of the participants. The museum is always on the lookout for new images, which capture the essence of our community and those who lived, or still live, here. History starts now, and it is your story! Contact the staff at the museum with any stories you would like to share, at 970-824-6360.
Mary Pat Dunn is the registrar for the Museum of Northwest Colorado.