Monthly Archives: April 2016

Century Old Chautauqua Friendship Comes Full Circle

The fourth, and last, in a series of posts on how the friendship between a pair of musically gifted, independent young women in the early 1900s, led to the friendship over a century later of two of their descendants. _____ … Continue reading

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Letters Offer Front Row Seat to Behind-the-Scenes Adventures in Life on the Road with Chautauqua, c. 1911

   Ruth Bowers and Grace Desmond, traveling classical musicians in the early 1900s, were part of the short-lived Chautauqua movement which brought live entertainment to small towns across rural America before the invention of radio and TV. Previous posts on … Continue reading

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