Tag: History

  • Jenny Lind

    Jenny Lind

    1820 – 1887  Connection outside the show Henry Kleber produced concerts with local and national artist. His concert with singer Jenny Lind caused a near riot in Pittsburgh. Lind-o-mania swept Pittsburgh in spring of 1851, when Henry booked the Swedish Nightingale for Tuesday nights of concerts on April 25 and 26, 1851 at Pittsburgh’s new…

  • Frederick Douglass

    Frederick Douglass

    1817 to 1895 Abolitionist, Orator, Writer, Statesman Connection outside the show  In “My Bondage and My Freedom,” abolitionist luminary Frederick Douglass, himself formally enslaved, wrote that the song “[My Old Kentucky Home – Good Night!] awakens sympathies for the slave, in which anti-slavery principles take root, grow, and flourish.”

  • Jane McDowell Foster Wiley

    Jane McDowell Foster Wiley

    1829 – 1903 Jane and Stephen were married for 14 years until he died on January 13, 1864 in New York City. Jane had left Stephen in New York and went to work as a telegraph operator for the Pennsylvania railroad which had just began hiring women. Morrison Foster, brother of Stephen, aided Jane and…