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Found in WSLS-TV (Roanoke, VA) News Film Collection, 1951 to 1971 1958 December

Roanoke, Va., Hosts Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

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The WSLS-TV News Film Collection, 1951-1971, comprises anchor scripts and 16mm news film created by Roanoke, Va., television station WSLS. A grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities funded the preservation and digitization of this collection.

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1 min., 10 sec.
A manger scene and a 30-foot Christmas tree are shown on the Roanoke, Va., courthouse lawn; program opens with Christmas carol singing led by the combined choirs of Lee Junior High School; State Senator Earl Fitzpatrick gives the invocation for the ceremony; tree is lit by Mayor Vincent Wheeler and Lilia Van Dyke, who is the daughter of a Roanoke minister; opera singer Jane Stuart Smith performs Christmas carols for the patients of the children's ward of Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
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