Original copy of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” can be viewed at Gramercy Communications, in the former home of the Troy Sentinel
TROY>>Gramercy Communications announced today it will display the original copy of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” at its open house during the Troy Victorian Stroll .
Gramercy has its offices at the former home of the Troy Sentinel newspaper, which operated at 225 River Street between 1823 and 1832 and carried the first publication of “Account of a Visit from Saint Nicholas” on December 23, 1823. Today, that historic Collar City connection is recognized with a plaque outside the building.
Gramercy Communications will display an original copy of the Troy Sentinel newspaper on loan from the Troy Public Library during its open house, from The annual Victorian Stroll will take place from in downtown Troy.
“Offering the public a chance to see this historic document in the very place it was first printed will make this a memorable Victorian Stroll for Gramercy,” said Tom Nardacci, President and Founder of Gramercy Communications. “It’s amazing to think this iconic poem was printed in Troy, and our firm is glad to continue to make that story more widely known.”
The poem’s authorship is still up for debate. Following the open house display of the poem, Gramercy Communications will sponsor a juried re-trial of the true authorship at at the Rensselaer County Courthouse.
Last year, "The Trial Before Christmas" was a surprise holiday spectacle that gained national media attention and attracted more than 500 spectators. But the jury was unable to reach a verdict, so the case will be heard again this year.
This is not Gramercy’s first involvement with the roots of the Troy Sentinel. In 2012, the firm provided the Troy Public Library with a $2,324 grant for the digitization of the library’s collection of the newspaper’s archives.