'Christmas on Main Street' Nov. 21

What do you remember about shopping for Christmas in downtown Fond du Lac? In the 1950s and 1960s, Main Street was a shopping mecca for the small towns and rural areas for miles around. Families made special weekend trips just to visit stores such as Fond du Lac Dry Goods, Ragatz Shoes and Yost’s College Shop. And they’d stop for a bite to eat at Stateson’s Restaurant or McKnight Luncheonette.

But Christmastime was when downtown Fond du Lac really shone, with giant displays and visits to Santa. At 6 p.m. Thursday, November 21, the Fond du Lac Public Library will present Christmas on Main Street, the second in the new History at Home program series. Mary Leb from the library will present a holiday trip down memory lane. She’s inviting the audience to come with stories, too, of favorite shops and downtown holiday traditions.

Refreshments will be served. The program is free. No registration required.

History at Home is a new series of programs that take place at 6 p.m. the third Thursday of the month highlighting interesting stories and aspects of local and state history. Programs for 2014 include:

January 16: The People of the Sturgeon

February 20: African Americans in Fond du Lac

March 20: The Wide-Awakes & the Election of 1860

April 17: 40 Acres and the Founding of Fond du Lac

All History at Home programs are free and open to the public. The program was initiated by a gift to the library from an anonymous donor who wished to promote the exploration of local history.

Advertisement at right: Klaetsch Sporting Goods (phone: 2535) urges shoppers to "Make it a sporting Christmas" in this Nov. 23, 1955, ad in the Fond du Lac Commonwealth Reporter, and suggests customers trade in their old skates for a new pair.


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