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Don Foster Mary Van Deusen Steve Thomas
In Dec 2003
A Christmas exhibit and lecture series was held at Locust Grove in Poughkeepsie NY, the home of both Samuel Finley Breese Morse, and his wife's great grandfather, Henry Livingston, Jr.
Locust Grove Lecture Series

They came to learn more about the ongoing quest to prove

Henry Livingston, Jr.
the true author of "The Night Before Christmas," with three lecturers the first three Saturdays in December.

December 1
Mary S. Van Deusen, Dunder and Blixem! It's Henry Livingston!

December 8
Stephen Livingston Thomas, Chasing Reindeer: A Family's Claim to 'A Visit from Saint Nicholas'

December 15
Professor Don Foster, Author Unknown: Tales of a Literary Detective.

All lectures began at 4pm.

Admission was free.

Samuel Finley Breese Morse invented Morse Code.

With a reading of "Night Before Christmas" by Mary Van Deusen.

Numbered, Limited Edition Placemats made by Mary Van Deusen were for sale.

Numbered and Signed Limited Editions of the book "Dunder and Blixem, It's Henry Livingston," a "Night Before Christmas" book by Mary Van Deusen, were also for sale.


All Henry Livingston's Poetry,     All Clement Moore's Poetry     Historical Articles About Authorship

Many Ways to Read Henry Livingston's Poetry

Arguments,   Smoking Gun?,   Reindeer Names,   First Publication,   Early Variants  
Timeline Summary,   Witness Letters,   Quest to Prove Authorship,   Scholars,   Fiction  

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