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Visit the pages of Christmas past

Take a break with a special holiday collection at the Taylor Family Digital Library
December 14, 2016

2016 marks 50 years of the University of Calgary being part of this vibrant, energetic city and we have a great deal to celebrate. One of the things that sets us apart is our special collections, part of the vault of knowledge at the Taylor Family Digital Library.

Need a break to get away from the monotony of studying or office tasks? Step back in time and give your mind a treat.  The team at Archives and Special Collections, guided by Allison Wagner, have carefully unpacked and assembled a feast for the eyes in the reading room on the 5th floor of the Taylor Family Digital Library (TFDL). Whether you have 10 minutes or an hour, you can be swept away to the 1800s and see examples of how Christmas has been celebrated and recognized through the decades. 

You can hold history in your hands as you imagine being the first person to turn the page of the 1843 edition of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

See whether any words to your favourite carols have changed as you browse the Christmas songs, carols and verse dating back to 1872.

Image yourself in a parlour, playing the part of Ebenezer Scrooge or Tiny Tim with your family and friends reading aloud from a booklet printed in 1898, a popular holiday tradition for some.

Or gaze at the intricate illustrations in children’s books and some of the first University of Calgary Christmas cards.

The display will be available until Dec. 23, 2016, in the Archives and Special Collections reading room on the 5th floor of TFDL.

The 50th Anniversary website contains a rich collection of fascinating facts about our university’s journey as well as archival photos, videos, and personal stories. Contribute your own UCalgary story there and remember to share it with your friends and family using the hashtag #ucalgary50.