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“‘Tis Summer”: Summer Songs and Rose Tea Recipe

While in Cincinnati from about 1847 to 1849, which he later called the “happiest years of his life,” Stephen Foster wrote several songs set in the summer, “Stay Summer Breath” for family friend and soprano Sophie Marshall, “Summer Longings” with words from the Home Journal for fellow boarder Samuel Thompson, and “I Would Not DieContinue reading ““‘Tis Summer”: Summer Songs and Rose Tea Recipe”


The newest federal holiday, Juneteenth was first celebrated as a Texas holiday. It honors the day, June 19, 1865, that enslaved people in Texas finally learned that they were free after the Civil War ended, and General Gordon Granger read General Order #3 that “The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with aContinue reading “Juneteenth”

Stand Up for the Flag!

1865. Words by Mary Ann Kidder, music by Stephen C. Foster, arranged by Mrs. E.A. Parkhurst, Respectfully Dedicated to the People Stand up for the Flag of our country, One banner in peace and war, Determined, though traitors assail it, To cherish each stripe and each star. As proudly today in its beauty, It givesContinue reading “Stand Up for the Flag!”

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