Museum L-A set to rekindle Peck’s holiday traditions

Museum L-A's Old Fashioned Holiday Celebration on Dec. 8 will include a wall full of photos of children visiting Santa at B. Peck & Co. department store from the 1940s through the 1970s. The deadline for submitting photos is Dec. 3.

LEWISTON – Do you remember sitting on Santa’s lap at B. Peck & Co. department store in the downtown and then “fishing” for a special toy?

Museum L-A will bring back those traditions on Saturday, Dec. 8, at its Old Fashioned Holiday Celebration. In addition, the Great Falls Railroad Club will help recreate the model train that was a staple of Peck’s Christmas display.

A celebration highlight will be a “Guess Who?” wall of photographs of youngsters visiting Santa at Peck's, dating from the 1940s through the 1970s.

“We are delighted at the response we’ve had from the community as the buzz has spread and the photos are pouring in,” Museum L-A Executive Director Rachel Desgrosseilliers said. “We’ll be taking them until Dec. 3, so check your attics."

PhotoFinish will be at Museum L-A to take photos of children with Santa.

The holiday celebration, from noon to 4 p.m., will also feature some period decorations, a Christmas tree, a Fontanini creche and displays reflecting Jewish, Greek Orthodox and other traditions in Lewiston-Auburn.

Visitors may also check out the museum's "Power of Music" exhibit and take in an afternoon of music and light refreshments.

Admission is $5; children 6 and younger, free. For more information, call 333-3881, email or visit

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Peck's, Benoit's, and Robert Hall ....Oh, and the Grand Orange

Chinos, corderoys (sp) and button down collared shirts s for school ...and white bucks for band.

Fun days in the 60's and early 70's ....

Peck's?... Now, that was for the rich kids, but the window displays were always so beautiful, even from the outside looking in at Christmas time with the tree lights reflecting off the huge, store windows.

Later, of course, it was striped bell bottoms, lava lamps and screens from the Grand Orange.

Yeah....who can forget....

Great days.... great memories.

Gobble, gobble.


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