Jessie Zoller was born in 1856 in the hamlet of Hallsville in the town of Minden. Minden historian Christine Oarr Eggleston said Jesse was the daughter of egg farmer Abram Zoller and his wife Alma Tuttle Zoller. After the Civil War, Abram Zoller held a high post in the U.S. Treasury and his wife and daughter were living with him in Washington. [Read more…] about John Philip Sousa’s Montgomery County Connection
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One of the effects of colonial expansion in the nineteenth century was that museums stopped being exclusively Euro-centered. The mapping of the annexed world was a responsibility of colonial governments which employed scholars to carry out the tasks of collecting and recording. Curators changed their collecting focus.
Works of art from Africa and Pacific Oceania that were looted, stolen or cheaply acquired without concern about provenance, found their way from British, French, Dutch, and Belgian colonial territories to the museums and curiosity shops of Paris, London, Amsterdam, and Brussels. [Read more…] about The Cake Walk, Prohibition & John Philip Sousa: Ragtime Wild Paris
Richard Whitby’s career in music had blossomed, and after years of hard work, he was offered Second Chair Trombone in John Philip Sousa’s band, and First Chair upon the lead trombonist’s imminent retirement. It was a tremendous honor, and highly regarded confirmation of his great talent, but there was a problem: Richard was still under contract to Carl Edouarde, who had no intentions of releasing him from a prominent run at New York’s Palace Theater. [Read more…] about Richard Whitby: Notable Upstate Musician
John Philip Sousa, Hail to the Spirit of Liberty March. (John Church Co, Cincinnati, 1900)
Musician Nicola Matteis arrived in London in the early 1670s. Describing himself as “Napolitano,” he was the first Baroque violinist of note active in the capital. Very much his own promoter, he published his Arie diverse per il violin in 1676, a collection of 120 pieces for solo violin. A second extended edition with an English title-page appeared two years later. In 1685, he published the third and fourth parts of the famous Ayres for the Violin.
Matteis is credited with changing English taste for violin from the French to the Italian style of playing. Soon after, attention shifted from performer to instrument which sparked a veritable cult of Cremonese violins. The name Stradivari became a metaphor for perfection attained by a combination of individual genius, skill and attention to detail. [Read more…] about Cremona to Central Park: Stradivari & Nahan Franko’s Legacy
Author Kathleen “Chip” Twellman Haley’s new book, Rome Through Our History, Volume II, includes 51 recent columns on Rome, NY history.
As a volunteer for the Rome Historical Society, Haley has written hundreds of local history columns that have been published in the Seven-Day Sentinel. In 2016 she published the first collection of her columns. This second book includes columns including those about John Philip Sousa’s performance in Rome; Rome’s historic homes and other buildings; the pilot who landed the first B-52, Mohawk Valley, at Griffiss; the local Underground Railroad; the Alley Oop statue at Griffiss; and more. [Read more…] about New Rome, NY History Volume Published
Obituaries vary widely in their historical value. Sometimes they’re elaborate; at times they are understated; some leave out important facts; and some, well … some are just hard to explain. Like this one from March 1952: “Richard A. Whitby, a native of Warrensburg, died on Wednesday of last week at his home in Albany. Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Kathryn M. Waring Whitby; two sisters, Mrs. Frank Chapman and Miss Kate Whitby of Yonkers.” [Read more…] about Warrensburg’s Dick Whitby, Notable Musician
This week on “The Historians”, Kyle Jenks is the guest. Producer of the outdoor drama version of “Drums along the Mohawk,” Kyle and some members of his acting company will be on hand next Saturday for a recreation of the 1939 premiere of the movie version of the classic story. [Read more…] about The Historians Radio Show: Drums Along the Mohawk