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Oscar Wilde In America

a selected resource of oscar wilde's visits to america

Sacramento, CA

The Decorative Arts | Congregational Church | Friday, March 31, 1882

The fifth of ten consecutive lectures in California. The first in Sacramento.



Newspaper Report

The Daily Record-Union, (Sacramento) April 1, 1882, p. 4



Newspaper Advertisement

The Daily Record-Union, (Sacramento) March 31, 1882


See correction below.


The Daily Record-Union, (Sacramento) March 31, 1882

See also clarification about lecture titles.

historical note

Armory Hall (Oakland Light Calvary)
Sixth Street, between I and J Streets, Sacramento, CA


Built: 1854 (replaced an earlier church, built 1849, but destroyed by the great fire of 1852)


After the lecture Wilde was taken by the Bric-a-Brac Club for a reception of 150 people at the residence of Mr and Mrs Charles McCleary, 10th and L Streets.

At the mansion that evening, in Oscar's honor, were floral displays, musical interludes, readings (including one of Wilde's own poems), and there was a gallery of local oil, water color paintings, and other art including two embroideries by Mrs. M. M. Blakeney who hosted Wilde to dinner on his second visit to Sacramento.

Festivities would have finished no earlier than 11 o'clock, and it is not certain whether Wilde stayed in Sacramento that night or was able to return to his base at The Palace Hotel in San Francisco, where he was to lecture the following day.


Residence of Mr and Mrs Charles McCrear, who, under the auspices of the Bric-a-Brac Club, played host to a reception in Wilde's honor on his first visit to Sacramento

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