LaGUARDIA, FIORELLO Typed letter signed to Celeste Holm planning a celebration for the end of the War in Europe, 1945.
New York: 29 March 1945. One page typed letter signed on one sheet of the Mayor's stationery, 10 1/4 x 8 1/4 inches. Usual folds, else fine; Together with a related telegram, dated the day before and reiterating the letter.
In a confidential letter, LaGuardia plans for "that day when there will be a cessation of hostilities in Europe... The exact date that this will occur, of course, no one knows..." He continues planning a celebration on the Mall in Central Park "open to all who care to come, through a dignified program of prayer, music, singing and few short addresses." Celeste Holm is asked what time she would like to appear and again at the end is reminded to hold everything in the letter as confidential. While we cannot locate which event this might have been if ever enacted, the secret nature of this impending celebration is compelling. Ms. Holm had contributed greatly during the war years in New York including volunteering for the Red Cross in the program run by Gertrude Lawrence. Ms. Holm, a former Stage Door Canteen hostess, was also instrumental in reserving the space for servicemen to see Oklahoma! throughout 1943.
C The Celeste Holm Collection
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