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The Nantucket Atheneum Podcast covers stories and topics about our local library, Nantucket history and libraries in general.

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The Nantucket Atheneum Podcast covers stories and topics about our local library, Nantucket history and libraries in general.

    Tonight In Atheneum Hall: Family Singing Groups

    Tonight In Atheneum Hall: Family Singing Groups

    James tells Janet about the family singing groups that dazzled the Atheneum audiences will their close harmonies and impressive musical talents. These 19th century "rock stars" toured the country sharing their music and their political messages. Find out what made them such an attraction and what were the values they were promoting through song.

    References and Resources:

    Videos of Harp Singing/Shape Singing
    "Sacred Harp Singing," the musical background for American music
    "The Old Granite State," anthem of the Hutchinsons


    Photo of the Hutchinson Family Singers. c. 1845


    Announcement for the Aeolians Performance, which appears in the Inquirer and Mirror on June 24, 1843

    Billed as the “Cumbrian (Welsh) Infants,” an engraving from the September 18, 1841 edition of the Inquirer and Mirror shows the three younger siblings playing violin, concertina, and harp. Margaret and John Arthur are standing on tables, while their older brother David Edward stands in the center looking directly at the viewer.
     
    Hutchinson Family founds Hutchinson, MN:
    Judson, John, and Asa continued touring as a trio after their sister married, venturing into the midwestern states. In November 1855, the three brothers founded the town of Hutchinson, MN. It forbade liquor, bowling alleys, and gambling of all types, and granted that women “shall enjoy equal rights with men and shall have the privilege of voting in all matters not restricted by law.”
    In 1942, muralist Elsa Jemne completed an egg tempera on plaster mural, The Hutchinson Singers, in the town's post office. Still there, post office murals were a thing and part of the New Deal. (That’s for another podcast…)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_post_office_murals
     
    This has been a production of the Nantucket Atheneum.
    It was hosted and edited by Janet Forest. Special thanks to Reference Library Associate James Greider for his knowledge and research. Newspaper announcement voiced by Andrew Cromartie. 
    If you have an idea for what we should talk about next, send us an email at jforest@nantucketatheneum.org
    The Nantucket Atheneum is located at 1 India Street in Nantucket, MA. 
    www.NantucketAtheneum.org
    Facebook: @NantucketAtheneum
    Instagram: @NantucketAtheneum 

    • 22 min
    Tonight In Atheneum Hall: The Lyceum Movement

    Tonight In Atheneum Hall: The Lyceum Movement

    James talks about the Lyceum Movement that started with local speakers and then evolved into a speaking circuit that includes great orators including Mark Twain, Frederick Douglass and Ralph Waldo Emerson.

    Notes and References:
    Announcement for the Lyceum in the Nantucket Weekly Mirror on Saturday, April 17, 1852


    This has been a production of the Nantucket Atheneum.
    It was hosted and edited by Janet Forest. Special thanks to Reference Library Associate James Greider for his knowledge and research. Newspaper announcement voiced by Andrew Cromartie. 
    If you have an idea for what we should talk about next, send us an email at jforest@nantucketatheneum.org
    The Nantucket Atheneum is located at 1 India Street in Nantucket, MA. 
    www.NantucketAtheneum.org
    Facebook: @NantucketAtheneum
    Instagram: @NantucketAtheneum 
     

    • 17 min
    Tonight In Atheneum Hall: Impresarios of the Stage

    Tonight In Atheneum Hall: Impresarios of the Stage

    In this episode, James and Janet discuss the impresarios who performed in Atheneum Hall and introduced islanders to the world of magic and illusion.  


    Resources and additional information:

    Woodcut images from Yankee Hill's book Scenes from the Life of an Actor (1853).
    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_Q6q8FgL3eAA/RrsXpR3WdxI/AAAAAAAAAG8/9TaIPNb2UOg/s1600-h/hiramdodgeyankeepeddler.gif
    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_Q6q8FgL3eAA/RrsXph3WdyI/AAAAAAAAAHE/_83I2-tJdxY/s1600-h/jedidiahhomebredgreenmountainboy.gif
    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_Q6q8FgL3eAA/RrsXph3WdzI/AAAAAAAAAHM/u_f83eUs4jM/s1600-h/nathantuckerwifeforaday.gif


    Woodcut images of Dr. Valentine’s Comic Metamorphoses
    Click here for photos.


    Portraits of Signor Blitz
    Click here for photos.
    Advertisement for Signor Blitz's performance at Atheneum Hall, which appeared in the April 14, 1840 issue of The Islander.
    Click here to see ad.


    Andrew MacAllister in his elaborate stage costumes.
    Click here for photos.
     
    This has been a production of the Nantucket Atheneum.
    It was hosted and edited by Janet Forest. Special thanks to Reference Library Associate James Greider for his knowledge and research. Newspaper announcement voiced by Andrew Cromartie.
    If you have an idea for what we should talk about next, send us an email at jforest@nantucketatheneum.org


    The Nantucket Atheneum is located at 1 India Street in Nantucket, MA.
    www.NantucketAtheneum.org
    Facebook: @NantucketAtheneum
    Instagram: @NantucketAtheneum 

    • 27 min
    Tonight In Atheneum Hall: Panoramas

    Tonight In Atheneum Hall: Panoramas

    In this episode, James describes the mid-19th century crazy of panoramas that tours the country and wowed audiences for a while before fading into the background, so to speak.

    Notes and References:
    Read the special notice for the Mammoth Panorama in the Inquired and Mirror on Monday, March 26, 1849 HERE.
    See photos and more information about the Gettysburg Cyclorama HERE.
    More on John Banvard from Atlas Obscura can be found HERE.
    In 1918, the New Bedford Whaling Museum acquired the Grand Panorama of a Whaling Voyage Round the World, created by artists Benjamin Russell and Caleb Purrington in 1848, and recently completed work on its preservation.
    Click here to watch a video of the panorama.
     
    This has been a production of the Nantucket Atheneum.
    It was hosted and edited by Janet Forest. Special thanks to Reference Library Associate James Greider for his knowledge and research. Newspaper announcement voiced by Andrew Cromartie. 
    If you have an idea for what we should talk about next, send us an email at jforest@nantucketatheneum.org
    The Nantucket Atheneum is located at 1 India Street in Nantucket, MA. 
    www.NantucketAtheneum.org
    Facebook: @NantucketAtheneum
    Instagram: @NantucketAtheneum 

    • 26 min
    Tonight In Atheneum Hall: Henry Clapp, Jr.: Part I

    Tonight In Atheneum Hall: Henry Clapp, Jr.: Part I

    The last three episodes of this season are dedicated to Henry Clapp, Jr., who was a writer, publisher and activists that moved in circles with William Loyd Garrison, Walt Whitman and other historical figure. He lived large and made a big splash wherever he went but has been mostly lost to history...Until now.

    In part one, James explains Clapp's early life and his foray into political activism where impressed some and angered others.

    Sources and references:
    CLICK HERE to read the full review of “The True Aim of Life”, Inquirer & Mirror, Dec. 18, 1841” 
    CLICK HERE to see the map of Nantucket by William Coffin and published by Henry Clapp Sr. in 1834.


    This has been a production of the Nantucket Atheneum.
    It was hosted and edited by Janet Forest. Special thanks to Reference Library Associate James Greider for his knowledge and research. Newspaper announcement voiced by Andrew Cromartie. 
    If you have an idea for what we should talk about next, send us an email at jforest@nantucketatheneum.org
    The Nantucket Atheneum is located at 1 India Street in Nantucket, MA.
    www.NantucketAtheneum.org
    Facebook: @NantucketAtheneum
    Instagram: @NantucketAtheneum 

    • 21 min
    Tonight In Atheneum Hall: Henry Clapp, Jr.: Part II

    Tonight In Atheneum Hall: Henry Clapp, Jr.: Part II

    In this episode, James picks up where we left off with Henry Clapp's return to Paris where experience a person transformation that turns  his world view on its head. With his new found lifestyle, he goes back to the use and eventually finds his way to New York City and rubs elbows with artists and actors and even advocates for the "free love" movement.

    Sources and references:
    CLICK HERE to read the full announcement for Clapp’s “Paris As It Is” lecture series the Nantucket Weekly Mirror on March 25, 1854

    The episode image is by Frank Bellew is from the February 6, 1864 issue of Demorest's New York Illustrated News. 


    This has been a production of the Nantucket Atheneum.
    It was hosted and edited by Janet Forest. Special thanks to Reference Library Associate James Greider for his knowledge and research. Newspaper announcement voiced by Andrew Cromartie. 
    If you have an idea for what we should talk about next, send us an email at jforest@nantucketatheneum.org
    The Nantucket Atheneum is located at 1 India Street in Nantucket, MA.
    www.NantucketAtheneum.org
    Facebook: @NantucketAtheneum
    Instagram: @NantucketAtheneum 

    • 20 min

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Lovely host! Lovely pod!

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Entertaining and educational

I love hearing how libraries are evolving in response to changing times. Janet shares interesting tidbits about what makes libraries true community centers. We’ll done!

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