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In Pursuit of Pleasure: Leisure in Nineteenth Century Cumberland County

Garrett, Clarke, Illustrated by:

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ISBN 10: 0963892347 / ISBN 13: 9780963892348
Editorial: Cumberland County Historical Society, 1997
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Título: In Pursuit of Pleasure: Leisure in ...

Editorial: Cumberland County Historical Society

Año de publicación: 1997

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Condición del libro:VG

Condición de la sobrecubierta: VG-

Edición: Limited Edition.

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This book explores the ways in which the natural environment and the historical development of the Cumberland Valley shaped leisure activities in the nineteenth century. Their evolution in the course of the century was shaped by important national developments such as industrialization and a revolution in transportation, but they also reflected the unique physical environment of the valley and its dozens of towns and villages.

Sometimes leisure was enjoyed in such simple activities as dancing, singing around a piano, or roller skating. Sometimes it was sought at special events like parades, the annual visit of the circus, or the U.S. Centennial.

During the first decades of the century, popular entertainment consisted of plays and exhibitions presented in taverns. It later evolved into travelling minstrel shows, vaudeville entertainment and movies, presented in public halls or the town's opera house.

Those in the valley also enjoyed music, singing in choral groups or playing in brass bands. Yet the most satisfying leisure activity of all might have been a picnic somewhere in "the loveliest spot on earth"--the Cumberland Valley.

About the Author:

Clarke Garrett, Ph.D. is emeritus professor of history at Dickinson College, where he taught for 32 years. He has published two books and several dozen articles, primarily on popular religion and popular culture in Europe and America during the eighteenth century.

His own leisure activities have included working with Carlisle Theater Project, the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and the Carlisle Community Concert Series, and participation in St. John's Episcopal Church Choir, Dickinson Colegium Musicum and Cantate Carlisle.

He and his wife Peggy, and artist and historian, live in Dickinson Township.

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