Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Entertaining research on entertainment!

Lately I have been focusing on research for my next Tea with the Curator on March 19 -- "That's Entertainment."

The program will cover the history of amusements in America from the colonial era through the mid-20th century, touching upon the circus, vaudeville, amusement parks and much more. The program will provide a national context for the local history exhibit "That's Entertainment" in the Keller Gallery.

I'm having a lot of fun reading about this topic, but it has been overwhelming at times! There is so much information out there, so I've had to figure out how to summarize big ideas, what to include, and what to leave out. The program is only going to be about 30 minutes long, so we have to move swiftly through time.

It is interesting how "low brow" and "high brow" entertainments developed, drawing lines between classes that still exist today.

If you'd like to sign up for the program, we still have some spots left. Call 330-455-7043 to make a reservation! The program is March 19 at 10:00 AM and includes breakfast sweets, the program, and a tour of the Keller Gallery.

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