[CHAUTAUQUA] [EDUCATION] [ENTERTAINMENT & THEATER] [WOMEN] Scrapbook documenting the 1910 Redpath Chautauqua tour kept by a rural Illinois woman. Fannie Boswell.
[CHAUTAUQUA] [EDUCATION] [ENTERTAINMENT & THEATER] [WOMEN] Scrapbook documenting the 1910 Redpath Chautauqua tour kept by a rural Illinois woman
[CHAUTAUQUA] [EDUCATION] [ENTERTAINMENT & THEATER] [WOMEN] Scrapbook documenting the 1910 Redpath Chautauqua tour kept by a rural Illinois woman
[CHAUTAUQUA] [EDUCATION] [ENTERTAINMENT & THEATER] [WOMEN] Scrapbook documenting the 1910 Redpath Chautauqua tour kept by a rural Illinois woman
[CHAUTAUQUA] [EDUCATION] [ENTERTAINMENT & THEATER] [WOMEN] Scrapbook documenting the 1910 Redpath Chautauqua tour kept by a rural Illinois woman
[CHAUTAUQUA] [EDUCATION] [ENTERTAINMENT & THEATER] [WOMEN] Scrapbook documenting the 1910 Redpath Chautauqua tour kept by a rural Illinois woman
[CHAUTAUQUA] [EDUCATION] [ENTERTAINMENT & THEATER] [WOMEN] Scrapbook documenting the 1910 Redpath Chautauqua tour kept by a rural Illinois woman

[CHAUTAUQUA] [EDUCATION] [ENTERTAINMENT & THEATER] [WOMEN] Scrapbook documenting the 1910 Redpath Chautauqua tour kept by a rural Illinois woman

Mt. Vernon, Illinois: 1910. Album. This scrapbook measures 8” x 10.5” and contains 22 pages filled with programs, newspaper reviews, and ephemera (a season ticket, paper flag, schedules, an issue of the Chautauqua Quarterly, and one photograph) documenting a summer of Chautauqua events held on the Redpath circuit at Mt. Vernon, Illinois. The album cover has separated and all of the leaves are loose. Very good. Item #009102

Chautauqua was a very popular adult entertainment-education system that brought lectures and performance by a wide variety of speakers, teachers, musicians, entertainers, preachers, and specialized performers to rural areas throughout the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The movement began in 1874 at a campsite on the shore of Lake Chautauqua in New York and proved so popular that soon independent “daughter” Chautauquas were established throughout the United States.

In the early 1900s, a Redpath Lyceum Bureau manager named Keith Vawter developed traveling Circuit Chautauquas that were set up in fields outside rural towns where week-long programs would be presented under tents. Following each engagement, these Chautauquas would fold their tents and move to the next city.

This scrapbook documents a week-long Redpath Chautauqua that was held over a ten-day period at Mt. Vernon, Illinois in 1910. Performers included The Dunbar Brothers (a talented quartet that sang, rang bells, and performed instrumental concerts), Dr. Charles L. Seasholes (an academic speaker who presented a lecture titled “Brains and the Bible”), Edward Amherst Ott (an orator who presented a lecture titled “Sour Grapes”), Willis Duff Piercy (a professor who lectured on the “Products and Problems of American Civilization”), John B. Ratto (a popular impersonator and quick-change, make-up artist), E.W. Hoch (a former governor of Kansas who delivered a humorous speech illustrating “philosophical truths”), Ralph Bingham (“the world’s leading monologue entertainer . . . Humorist: Violinist: Vocalist: Raconteur”), The Kellogg-Haines Singing Party (a quintet that performed a fantasy about Charles Dicken’s Dolly Vardon), Jonathan Dolliver (a retiring Republican Senator from Iowa who delivered an inspirational Sunday lecture), Phidelah Rice (a public reader who presented the play “Peaceful Valley” by Edward Kidder), The Whitney Brothers (a singing quartet that “abounded in mirth . . . refinement, dignity, and beauty.”), Robert Seeds (a humorist known for leaving “audiences in spasms of laughter”), Lulu Tyler Gates (a “leader in the speech arts” who performed a series of plays and monologues), and Foss Lamprell Whiney (another reader who presented the final performance of the week, “The Lost Word”).

A complete record of a weeklong Circuit Chautauqua.

Very scarce. As of 2018 no similar records are for sale in the trade, and no auction records for similar items are on file at Worthpoint, ABPC, or the Rare Book Hub. OCLC shows two somewhat similar institutional holdings: photo albums compiled by individual performers during seasonal tours.

Price: $850.00

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