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National Czech and Slovak Library and Museum revives memories of Santa's Workshop
by Cynthia Petersen Correspondent · December 14th, 2017

The National Czech and Slovak Library and Museum is doing its best to bring back memories of yesterday with a Santa's workshop animatronics display in the museum's lobby.

According to a past article in The Gazette, Sue Zazza Hutchcroft donated a Santa's Workshop display to the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library in honor of her brother Alan Zazza, her parents Mildred and Jack Zazza, and her grandparents Milo and Vendelene Simanek. The family bought the display after Killian's department store closed. It had been a holiday tradition for there 20 years.

After the store closed in 1982, the elves went into storage. The Zazza family renovated them and unveiled them again in 1991 in the Sheraton Hotel, which later became the Clarion and was sold in 2007. The Zazza family kept Santa's Workshop after the sale, although it hadn't been available for public viewing for several years.

The workshop was displayed in the Hurych Building on 16th Avenue SE in Czech Village before it was moved to the museum after the holidays in 2015. The display originally featured eight elves, but only a few of the elves were featured this year.

However, for those who remember walking downtown and looking at the store decorations as kids in the '60s and '70s, the thrill is the same.
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