Performing Culture

Putting on a costume is the simple act at the heart most commercial entertainment. Whether the performer is on a stage, or playing the piano among family and friends, they usually speaking words written by someone else, words designed to create a specific image of the world. Some performers pretend to be someone else, others perform aspects of their own culture that they no longer use in everyday life. Either way, cultural performances shape how audiences view the world, even as audiences bring their own ideas to the performance.

Tippecanoe, the Hero of North Bend Death of Custer Agricultural building at night, from northwest, 1893 World's Fair Letter certifying Christina Olson as Turkish performer at World's Columbian Exposition, 1893 Mary MacLane A Night in Bohemia: Dill Pickle Masked Ball A Tale of Three Actors American Indian Center, 5th Annual American Indian Pow-Wow

Tippecanoe, the Hero of North Bend

New York: Thomas Birch, 1840. Box 162, Whig folder, James Francis Driscoll Collection, Newberry Library.

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Death of Custer

Siegel, Cooper & Co. View in archive

Agricultural building at night, from northwest, 1893 World's Fair

Jackson, William Henry, 1843-1942

In Jackson's Famous Pictures of the World's Fair (Chicago: White City Art Co., 1895).

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Letter certifying Christina Olson as Turkish performer at World's Columbian Exposition, 1893

Christina Olson Papers, 1891-1918, Midwest Dance Collection, Miscellaneous, folder 3, Newberry Library.

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Mary MacLane

Photograph, Stone and Kimball Collection #1210, Newberry Library.

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A Night in Bohemia: Dill Pickle Masked Ball

Dill Pickle Club Records, Box 1, Folder 19, Newberry Library.

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A Tale of Three Actors

Morris, Jim

Jack Conroy Papers, Series 4, Box 51, Folder 2019 (Turkel, Studs), Newberry Library.

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American Indian Center, 5th Annual American Indian Pow-Wow

Virgil J. Vogel Research and Personal Papers, Box 17, Folder 22, Newberry Library.

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