The James Edgar Community Service Award
To nominate someone for the James Edgar Award see below!
The James Edgar Community Service Award is given each year to the person in the community who best exemplifies Edgar’s spirit of generosity toward the city’s children. The recipient must be a Brockton resident.
James Edgar was an immigrant from Edinburgh, Scotland who opened Edgar’s Department Store on Main Street in Brockton. In December of 1890, he dressed up as Santa Claus based on a popular illustration of a jolly Santa drawn in 1863 by the famous cartoonist Thomas Nast. Edgar did not intend for this to be a commercial attraction. He did it for the enjoyment of the children and to promote Christmas. It began the tradition of the department store Santa Claus. Within days trains from as far away as Boston and Providence brought families and their children to downtown Brockton to see Santa. The idea quickly transferred to department stores around the country and continues to this day. A city park is named for him.
To nominate someone for the James Edgar Award, please submit the following:
Your Name and Contact Information including Phone Number and eMail Address
The Name and Address of the Person you are Nominating
A detailed description of how this person has benefited the children of Brockton
and why they deserve this recognition.
Please keep responses to a maximum of 250 words.
The deadline for submitting nominations is Noon on November 7th.
Please submit nominations to:
Downtown Brockton Association
James Edgar Award
P.O. Box 4306
Brockton, MA 02303
The recipient of the James Edgar Award will be honored during the Winters End Celebration, date TBA.
The honoree’s name will also be included on the Edgar Plaque on the James J. Adams Parking Garage on Main and Crescent streets.
Each person may only nominate one individual.