Virtual: The Scarsdale Creche Controversy

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History & Genealogy, Lectures

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Teens, Adults, Seniors
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In 1956, the "Christmas Creche" Committee requested permission from the Village to display a creche at Boniface Circle during the Christmas season. Permission was granted, and the creche was put on display every year until 1981, when the Board decided that the display of the creche on public land was a violation of the separation of church and state. A lawsuit followed in 1983, which went all the way to the Supreme Court. The high court upheld the lower court's decision that the Village had violated the free speech rights of the Scarsdale Creche Committee.

Take a deep dive into the controversy with Local History Librarian Dan Glauber to learn more about the forces at play and people involved on both sides. You can also view the exhibit.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a virtual program. You may attend this program online using your own device. All registrants will receive a Zoom link approximately one hour prior to the start of the program.