Hoosier History High Lights June 21-27
June 21 – June 27
The Week in Indiana History
“A canoe is the most graceful, the most sensitive, the most inexplicable contrivance of man. With its paddle you may dip up stars along quiet shores or steal into the very harbor of dreams.” From The House of a Thousand Candles
Meredith Nicholson (1866 – 1947)
Did You Know?
19th century opera houses in America seldom presented grand opera. An opera house was usually the public theater or community center. Audiences could gather for plays, Vaudeville acts, concerts, musical recitals, lectures, and debates. The Grand Opera House in Indianapolis, mentioned in our History Highlights this week, was spacious and ornate. Located on the east side of Pennsylvania Street between Market and Ohio Streets, the theater could seat 1,500. The Grand opened in 1875 with a spectacular production of “Around the World in Eighty Days.” Advertisements described “gorgeous costumes and surprising mechanical effects.” As grand as the “Grand” was, the most famous venue in Indianapolis history is undoubtedly the English Opera House on the northwest quadrant of the Circle. It opened in 1880 and was a centerpiece for Indianapolis entertainment for 70 years.
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