This project was advised by Dr. Natalie Dykstra.
Through the use of podcasts and story telling, this project describes the experiences of those who visited the Centennial Exhibition of 1876. The Exhibition was a large world’s fair held in Philadelphia to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. People from all across the globe visited the Exhibition, with a total of 10 million people in attendance during the six months it was open.
Introduction to the Great Centennial of 1876
Children at the Exhibition
This podcast is a bit longer than the rest. However, don’t be deterred: it is packed full of very interesting facts about the Exhibition!
The Exhibition as a Platform for Women’s Suffrage
The Common Man and Political Man at the Exhibition
Thank you to the following for performing the voices in these podcasts:
- Kyle Morr as Frank Osborne and Leverett Saltonstall
- Nolan Graves as Frank Dudley Chase
- Whitney Carver as Annie Barber Clarke
- Carol Knapp as Matilda Joslyn Gage
- Jenny Kee as Susan B. Anthony
- Krista Hancock as Elizabeth Cady Stanton
- Chad Hancock as H. L. Stuart
- Taylor Schweigert as George William Ely
A special thank you to the Mellon Scholars program at Hope College for funding this project, Anna Clutterbuck-Cook and the rest of the staff at the Massachusetts Historical Society, the staff at the Schlesinger Library, and the staff at the Boston Public Library for all of their help in finding these materials. Lastly, I would like to thank my advisor, Natalie Dykstra, for inviting me to come to Boston and for encouraging and mentoring me throughout this process.
Annie Barber Clarke Diary, 1876, Box 1, Folder 2, Annie Barber Clarke Papers 1875-1978, Radcliffe College Archives, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Papers, 1875-1876, Microfilm 4-45, The papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony 1831-1906, Radcliffe College Archives, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.
Frank D. Chase Diary, 1 Jan. 1875- 31 Dec. 1876, Volume 1, Frank D. Chase Diary 1875-1876, Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, Massachusetts.
Frank Osborne to Mrs. Walter Osborne, 10 Sept. 1876, Frank Osborne Correspondence, Boston Public Library, Boston, Massachusetts.
George William Ely Diary, 7-15 Oct. 1876, Folder 1, George William Ely Diary 1876, Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, Massachusetts.
L. Stuart to Samuel J. Tilden, 12 July 1875, H. L. Stuart Correspondence, Boston Public Library, Boston, Massachusetts.
Leverett Saltonstall Diary, 1876, Box 22, Folder 4, Saltonstall Family Papers 1524-1999, Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, Massachusetts.
Matilda Joslyn Gage Papers, 1875-1876, Microfilm 10, Matilda Joslyn Gage Papers 1840-1974. Radcliffe College Archives, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.