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On Sept. 21, 1897, an 8-year-old girl named Virginia O'Hanlon became a Christmas celebrity when the New York Sun published her letter inquiring into the authenticity of Santa Claus. In what would become the most reprinted newspaper editorial in history, Francis Pharcellus Church wrote, "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus." On Saturday at the Newseum, Santa Claus lives as Church predicted.