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Oscar Wilde In America

a selected resource of oscar wilde's visits to america

leavenworth
Leavenworth, KS

The Decorative Arts | New Opera House | Wednesday, April 19, 1882

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verification

Newspaper Report

The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, MO) April 21, 1882, 2

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Indication

Newspaper Advertisement

Leavenworth Daily Times, April 12, 1882

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clarification

As to lecture title

Advertised as The English Renaissance, but, owing to the smaller houses, Wilde had written to his manager, Col.W. F. Morse in early March to say:

"Kindly see that I am not advertised to lecture on 'The English Renaissance'. I have not delivered that lecture since February 11, and yet I am always advertised for it. It is very annoying, and besides, 'The English Renaissance' is printed in the Seaside, so people think they know it, and stay away. The lecture is on 'The Decorative Arts.'"

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However, Morse was clearly not as diligent as he should have been, and even by this date was still advertising the wrong lecture. On this occasion the change had to be made at the last minute as described below:

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Leavenworth Daily Times, April 20, 1882

historical note

New Opera House
Shawnee Street (south side), between Fifth and Sixth Streets, Leavenworth, KS

Built: 1880 (H. D. Rush, stock company president)
Seating capacity: 900
Later: Crawford Grand Opera House, sold in 1910 and converted for use as a temple of the Abdallah Shrine.

accommodation

Planters' House/Hotel
C
orner of Main and Shawnee Streets, Leavenworth, KS

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Company formed: 1855 (principals W. H. Russell, H. P. Johnson, and Amos Rees)
Completed: December 3, 1856
Demolished: declared unsafe for occupancy in the 1950s and eventually torn down.

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The Leavenworth Times, April 20, 1882

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By Sarony, January,1882

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