|Stephen C Foster by Unknown - Library of Congress, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16562493|
We start 2017 with a look at composer Stephen Foster who is celebrated on January 13th as part of Stephen Foster Memorial Day. While you may not recognize his name, you will recognize his songs. Good chance your 19th century American ancestors were also familiar with them.
The Music of Stephen Collins Foster
(where you can download MP3 files of his many, many songs)
PBS - American Experience - Stephen Foster
(where you can learn about his influence on American Culture)
Wikipedia - Stephen Foster
Wikipedia - Jane McDowell Foster Wiley
Time and Date - Stephen Foster Memorial Day in the United States
Florida Department of State - State Song: Old Folks at Home"
American Songbook, The: Over 130 American Favorites! New York: Charles Hansen Educational Sheet Music & Books, 1975.
Emerson, Ken. Doo-dah! Stephen Foster and the Rise of American Pop Culture. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1997.