Stephen Foster: Father of American Music at Bradford County Historical Society, August 19

The Bradford County Historical Society will host a free program entitled “Stephen Foster: Father of American Music” scheduled for Thursday, August 19, 2010 at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Although the event is free, participants are asked to register by calling 265-2240, or by email at

Stephen Collins Foster (1826-1864), known as the “father of American music,” was the pre-eminent songwriter in the United States in the 19th century. His songs, such as “Oh! Susanna”, “Camptown Races”, “Old Folks at Home” (“Swanee River”), and “Beautiful Dreamer”, remain popular over 150 years after their composition.

This program will be presented by Guy Abell, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Bradford County Historical Society. Foster musical selections will also be performed during the program by Jim and Marie Parks.

Come learn about Foster, listen to his music, and understand his connection to Bradford County.

This program is part of the 2010 “Friday Night at the Museum” programming series that is normally held the third Friday of each month from May until October (note that this presentation will be on Thursday). Each event is held in the Great Room at the Bradford County Historical Society, located at 109 Pine St., Towanda, PA. Free refreshments are provided at each program.

Other programs scheduled for 2010 include: Canton: Circus Capitol of the East, September 17; and The Frisbie Family of Orwell Township: A 19th Century Saga of Bradford County and Beyond, October 15.

The Bradford County Historical Society is a recipient agency of PHMC and the Bradford County United Way. For more information about the society and its programming schedule, visit or check out the Bradford County Historical Society Facebook page.

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