By Michelle Cate
Read the full December issue of Viewpoints.
A charming vintage collection of Santas will be on display at the Visitor Center this winter season. They are on loan from our very own Docent, Glenda Warren. They are a curated selection from a larger collection her husband, Robert “Bob” Warren gathered over many years. Bob was Vice-President at the “Old” Baptist Hospital on College in Beaumont from 1959-1986. He began playing Santa often in the 1960s to cheer children of Beaumont and he continued to do so until the early 1970s. It was during those years that Bob’s collection of Santas really started growing. People that knew he had a penchant for portraying the Jolly Old Saint Nick began giving him Santas. Bob always made time to show up as Santa for events at clubs, organizations, and churches for over a decade until he passed his red coat on to another. He was still being given Santas through the year 2000!
We will have a wide variety of Bob’s Santas on display ranging from milkglass to mechanical wind-up toy, from quilted to Coca-Cola. We hope you will come by and enjoy them sometime in December.
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