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WHY A KIT HOUSE? The History of a Ranch House and its Restoration Along the Plum Creek W O R KI NG CL ASS LEISU R E and Holidays With Pay During the French Popular Front B OETTCHE R M A N SION T HE GO LD A M EI R H OUSE : Museum, Conference Center, and Center for Political Leadership GEO RG E C AT L I N: Artist and Advocate of the American Indian P AT R IOTIC UN ION S ONG S of the U.S. Civil War H ISTO R ICA L S TU D IES J OU RN A LSpring 2008 Volume 25 University of Colorado D enver H ISTO R ICA L S TU D IES J OU RN A L Spring 2008 Vol. 25


EDITOR: Annette Gray, Graduate Student EDITORIAL STAFF: Virginia Bennett, Graduate Student Lisa Crunk, Graduate Student Evelyn Waldron, Graduate Student Thomas J. Noel, Ph.D., Faculty Advisor DES IGN E R: Shannon Fluckey Clicks! Copy & Printing Services Auraria CampusHI S TORICAL STUDI ES JOURNALSpring 2008 Volume 25


Myra Rich, Ph.D., Department ChairU. S. Colonial, U. S. Early National, Women and Gender, Immigration HistoryChristopher Agee, Ph.D.20th Century U. S. History, Urban History, Social Movement History, History of Crime and PolicingFrederick S. Allen, Ph.D., EmeritusModern Western Europe, France, GermanyThomas Andrews, Ph.D.19th and 20th Century U. S. History, Environment, Labor, Urban, Native American, U. S. West, and History EducationMary Conroy, Ph.D., EmeritusRussia, U. S. S. R.William Convery III, Ph.D.American History, American Western HistoryMichael T. Ducey, Ph.D.Mexico, Modern Latin America, U. S. SouthwestJames E. Fell, Jr., Ph.D.American West, Civil War, Environmental, Film HistoryGabriel Finkelstein, Ph.D.Modern Europe, Germany, History of Science, ExplorationMark Foster, Ph.D., Emeritus19th and 20th Century U. S. History, U. S. Social and Intellectual, U. S. Urban and Business HistoryMarilynn Hitchens, Ph.D.Modern Europe, World HistoryRebecca A. Hunt, Ph.D.American West, Gender, Museum Studies, Public HistoryPamela Laird, Ph.D.U. S. Social, Intellectual, Technology, Public History, BusinessMarjorie Levine-Clark, Ph.D.Modern Britain, European Women and Gender, Medicine and HealthThomas J. Noel, Ph.D.American West, Art & Architecture, Public History & PreservationCarl Pletsch, Ph.D.Intellectual History (European and American), Modern EuropeAlison Shah, Ph.D.South Asia, Islamic World, History and Heritage, Cultural MemoryRichard Smith, Ph.D.Ancient, Medieval, Early Modern Europe, BritainJames WalshImmigration, U. S. Labor, Irish-AmericanJames B. Whiteside, Ph.D.Recent U. S., Vietnam War, U. S. Diplomatic, Sports HistoryGreg Whitesides, Ph.D.History of Science, Modern U. S., AsiaJames B. Wolf, Ph.D., EmeritusBritish Isles, British Empire, Ireland, Modern AfricaFront Cover: Wi-Jun-JonPostcard from the collection of Evelyn Waldron; Rotary BusLibrary of Congress Prints and Photographs Division; Camps, Tramps and Battleelds Sheet MusicLibrary of Congress American MemoryBack Cover: Golda Meir HouseAnnette Gray; Beottcher MansionGayla McGoldrick; Sears Kit HouseRosemary LewisDE PARTM E NT OF HI S TORY University of Colorado Denver


Preface .............................................................................................................. v WH Y A K IT H OU SE? The History of a Ranch House and its Restoration Along the Plum Creek ................................................................................... 1Rosemary LewisWOR K ING C LA SS LE I S UR E and Holidays With Pay During the French Popular Front ................................. 11Kevin L. LordBO E TTC HE R M AN S ION .................................................................................17Gayla McGoldrickTHE G OLDA ME IR HOU SE : Museum, Conference Center, and Center for Political Leadership ...........25 Jennifer ProvizerGE ORG E C ATLIN: Artist and Advocate of the American Indian ....................................................... 35 Evelyn Rae Stool WaldronP ATRIOTIC U NION SONG S of the U.S. Civil War .......................................45 Lance C. WestfallEndnotes ......................................................................................................... 51 Bibliographies .................................................................................................. 57TA B L E OF CONT E NT S


This issue of the Historical Studies Journal marks the twenty-fth year of publishing papers written by University of Colorado Denver students. History Department faculty members submit those papers they consider the best to the editorial staff, which then makes its selections based on a number of criteria, including strength of writing, research, and readability. This years papers are indicative of the variety of topics that intrigue UCD students. Rosemary Lewis undertakes the task of determining whether a home a family owns is a Sears, Roebuck and Company kit house. Incorporating family history and the results of research in primary source material, Rosemary presents her ndings on the probability of a mail-order home in Douglas County. Kevin Lord analyzes the impact of increased leisure time and holidays with pay, initiated in the 1930s, on the working class. The adoption of a forty-hour workweek and paid holidays serve as legacies of the French Popular Front. The Boettcher Mansion, built by Charles Boettcher and summer home for three generations of the Boettcher family, sits on Lookout Mountain near Golden, Colorado. Gayla McGoldrick writes about its transformation from a private residence to a public venue. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Mansion now functions as an event center, conference center and home for the Colorado Arts and Crafts Society. Jennifer Provizer follows the path of the Golda Meir House along its journey from its site in a nearby neighborhood to its nal destination on the Auraria Campus, where it is now one of the buildings in the Auraria Ninth Street Historic District. An example of adaptive reuse, the former home of Golda Meir now houses both the Golda Meir House Museum and the Golda Meir Center for Political Leadership. Evelyn Waldron discusses George Catlin, a nineteenth-century artist who docu mented the American Indian at a crucial time in history and presented his work to the public in the United States and Europe. She describes Catlins efforts to have his collections preserved for the American public. Lance Westfall examines songs written during the Civil War to determine their impact on the civilian and military audience. Whether entertaining or inspirational, the songs convey a sense of the time as well as exemplify the ideologies of those who wrote and performed them. On behalf of the editorial staff, I would like to thank the UCD History Department for continuing to support the Journal, Dr. Thomas Noel for his encouragement and oversight of the process, and Dr. Rebecca Hunt for reading page proofs. Once again, Shannon Fluckey, graphic designer with Clicks! Copy & Printing Services, contributes her creative talent and expertise. I would also like to thank the authors and my fellow student editors who worked to write and rene the manuscripts in preparation for publication. For the authors and editors this is an invaluable learning experience.A NN E TT E G RAY EditorvP R EFACE


Above: Sears Kit HouseRosemary LewisRosemary Lewis is a graduate student in the Historic Preservation certicate program. Her interests in historical study include vernacular architecture, infrastructure, and water and natural resource development, complimenting her background as a professional civil engineer. This paper, written for Dr. Tom Noels Western Art and Architecture class, is the result of the homeowners request to research the house history for potential historic designation in Douglas County.I ntroductionSouth of Sedalia, Colorado, in the pastoral valley of the western fork of a deceptive little stream known as Plum Creek, a small, tight-knit community exists just off the well-beaten Front Range path. Today, driving down Perry Park Road on a clear late spring morning, the green rolling hills and pastures seem to be stopped in time. This valley is so close to the metropolitan Denver-to-Colorado Springs corridor yet a century removed from Interstate 25 only a few scant miles to the east, just beyond the ridgeline. Progress, in the form of development, has come to this valley as veto forty-acre ranchettes replace the old spreads. The stretch of Perry Park Road between Jarre Canyon Road in Sedalia south to Jackson Creek Road runs through the Bear Caon Agricultural District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in recognition of the integrity of the ranch buildings and the continued family ownership of the holdings. The nomination identied seven contributing properties including the Beeman Ranch House, the Clay Homestead, the Cramer Homestead, the Curtis Ranch, the Oaklands Schoolhouse, St. Philip-in-the-Field Episcopal Church (also listed separately on the National Register), and the Allis Ranch with the Bear Caon Post Ofce.1 W H Y A KIT HOU SE ? The History of a Ranch House and its Restoration Along the Plum CreekRosemary Lewis


2 Rosemary Lewis W H Y A KIT HOU SE ? The Allis family owned several thousand acres in this part of Douglas County. The subject of this investigation is not one of the listed properties, however, but a parcel located at the far southern end of the district. Although not named as a contributing property, the Stevens-Kouba-Allis Ranch has a history extending back to the earliest Anglo settlement in the area. Relics in the form of a cabin, log barn, and a modest clapboard house are the remainders of what was once a nearly 3,000-acre ranch. These three buildings comprise a common enough group of rural structures, but upon closer inspection it is the ranch house that merits a deeper look. It is in this house, and thousands of others like it, that American vernacular architecture met the mass production efciency of the Progressive Era, all packaged up for delivery in the Sears Modern Home.Stevens F amilyThe earliest Anglo settler recorded on this property was Lewis G. Stevens, born in Pennsylvania and a veteran of the Civil War, having served in the 6th Minnesota Infantry. In 1868 Stevens, along with his family, settled in Douglas County near what was then called Round Corral, now Sedalia.2 Two years later he purchased the rst of several land patents for 160 acres of the west half of the east half of Section 14, Township 8 South (T8S), Range 68 West (R68W), located north of present-day Jackson Creek Road and primarily on the west side of Perry Park Road. Stevens eventually acquired approximately six quarter-sections of land located within two miles of the original purchase. The Stevens family included Lewis (also listed as Loyd), his wife Lucinda (also listed as Sarah), and four children: Thomas (or Aristides or A.H.M.), born in 1860 in Minnesota, Mary born in 1862 also in Minnesota, Frederick, born in 1865 in Iowa, and Lewis born in 1870 in Colorado. Another daughter, Laura, was born about 1871.3The Stevens Ranch consisted of 1,771 acres at the time Dr. W.A. Palmer of Castle Rock purchased it for $17,000, including horses, implements, and one hundred head of cattle, in 1907. The listed features included several reservoirs, the largest of nineteen acres, and water rights to both West Plum Creek and Jackson Creek. Dr. Palmer hired R.S. McDonald to manage the ranch, who within a year had moved into Castle Rock with his family.4 By the time Stevens sold the ranch, he had outlived four of his children and his wife, all buried at the Bear Caon Cemetery, and had remarried in 1906 to Elizabeth Veil.5 Shortly after the marriage the couple set off on a trip to California and at one point the Record Journal of Douglas County went to press with the story that the couple had met with foul play. These fears were short-lived, however, and the couple returned to Colorado and settled in Englewood in 1908. Lewis Stevens died in April 1916 and was buried at the Littleton Cemetery.6Kouba F amilyJoseph D. Kouba began life in Denison, Texas in 1874. According to an account by his grand-daughter, Kouba traveled and worked across the west and beyond, home steading with his family in Indian Territory (Oklahoma), working as a ranch hand in Argentina, and eventually ending up homesteading on the eastern plains of Colorado


2008 Historical Studies Journal 3 where he met Helen A. Lawver.7 They married in 1913. According to General Land Ofce records, Helen Lawver received title on a 320-acre homestead on September 23, 1916 in Yuma County, Colorado. Joseph D. Kouba received title on 320 acres in several sections nearby on November 16, 1916. The Koubas added to their family with the birth of a daughter, Leota, born in 1914, and a son, Earl, born in 1918.8In the summer of 1917, the Record Journal of Douglas County announced that the 1,300-acre Stevens Ranch in West Plum Creek had been sold to a Mr. A. Cuba [sic] of Ramah, Colorado for $17,000, who intended to make this one of the larg est cattle producing ranches in the country.9 Later editions corrected the name to Kouba. According to the family account, Kouba hired a carpenter, Leo Grout, to build the family home. Possibly Kouba hired Grout to refurbish the existing house, which may have stood vacant in the years since Palmers ranch manager moved into town. During this time Helen Kouba, pregnant with Earl, and daughter Leota lived in Illinois. The family moved to the ranch in March 1918, when little Earl was less than two months old.10According to the unpublished account of the ranch history by Andree Allis Powers and Margaret Rhyne, Helen Kouba purchased a Sears kit house, unbeknownst to her husband, using the proceeds of a $3,000 inheritance. Upgrades included the interior wood trim, kitchen wood oor, cross-bar windows, wiring and plumbing. The family stored the dismantled house in the barn for years until an itinerant German man and his son assembled the building in exchange for room and board, using the pictures in the catalog as guide since the directions were lost.11 Several small pieces of evidence indicated that the family legend has grown over the decades. According to a small community notice published in the Record Journal in the spring of 1923, Mr. Kouba is hauling a carload of lumber from Sedalia. Ed Wolfensberger is helping him.12 By itself, this notice does not necessarily indicate that this material was for a house. However, the placement of such a notice and the mention of a carload (that is a train boxcar load) of lumber delivered to the closest rail station together indicated an unusual event worthy of public notice. Sears typically used rail transportation to ship kit houses to remote locations. Also, if the Koubas needed milled lumber typical in ranch construction, purchasing it from a local mill may have been more common. Again, these are not denitive indications, but when considered with additional evidence presented later on, one could make a case for a 1922 to 1923 purchase date and a 1923 construction date. As the years wore on, Joseph Kouba expanded his operation from dairy into Hereford beef cattle and cow ponies, and constructed additional ranch buildings. Kouba diverted West Plum Creek water to a small lake north of the house and undertook further improvements to the water supply with the addition of ditches. The lake also provided recreational opportunities for community boys. Kouba planted cottonwood, Chinese elm, and other trees along the Highway 105 ditches (Perry Park Road), and a grove of cedar trees to the east of the house that survive today. After Helen Koubas death in 1961, their son, Earl, and his family moved into the old house until relocating to Minnesota in 1966, shortly after the historic 1965 ood along Plum Creek destroyed so much of central Douglas County. Joseph moved with


4 Rosemary Lewis W H Y A KIT HOU SE ? his son and died in Minnesota in 1967. He was buried with his wife down the road at Bear Caon Cemetery.13The ranch remained in the family until the mid-1990s. Leota Kouba married a Douglas County man, Fred Allis of Greenland, in 1944. They moved to a nearby ranch in 1946 and worked both properties. Leota, a graduate of Colorado Womens College, taught school as well being a rancher and mother. After Fred Allis death in 1986, his widow began dismantling the ranch, now 3,000 acres consisting of both the older Stevens-Kouba ranch and the property the Allises moved into after their marriage. The property became ranchettes and preserved open space. She passed on in 1997 and was buried with her parents and husband at Bear Caon Cemetery.14Until 1970, when the third generation of the family, Pat and Andree Allis, moved into the ranch house, no contemporaneous records of changes to the structure have come to light. By this time, the little ranch house was nearly a half-century old and showing its age. At rst glance, it did not appear to be unique among the thousands of small ranch houses that dot the west. Except for family legend, little evidence existed that this house was a Sears kit house. So why would Helen Kouba have bought a kit house? No doubt the Sears, Roebuck and Company catalog occupied a handy place in the house, when a few minutes between chores allowed a ranch wife and mother to dream. Sears brought Chicagos Michigan Avenue to distant farmsteads across the nation. With the introduction of the Modern Homes Division in 1908, a house, complete with windows, doors, paint, nails, and furnishings, could be delivered right to your address. Perhaps instead of asking why Mrs. Kouba decided to purchase a kit house, the question should be why were not more of these houses built in the far reaches of the country?Sears HousesThe Sears kit house would have been impossible without the development of the balloon frame construction method and the simple wire nail. Balloon frame construction, the lightweight framing method, used standardized, pre-cut, dimensional pieces of lumber, generally eight to ten feet in length with cross-section nominal dimensions of two inches by four inches, commonly called the 2-by-4. The upright pieces (the studs) were nailed on the top and bottom by other dimensioned pieces at a constant spacing, such as sixteen inches on center, to produce the frame. The term balloon frame can be interpreted as a positive reference to lightness of the construction, or the perceived fragility, like a balloon, of the overall strength of the structure. Sheathing with wood, lath and plaster, or other available material added stability and a nish to the frame. Historians William Cronon and Sigfried Giedion both acknowledged the construction of Chicagos St. Marys Catholic Church in 1833 as the rst true balloonframe structure. Cronon identied this type of construction as the quintessential building form of the age.15 With the invention of the balloon frame method, timber construction no longer required specialized knowledge of mortise-and-tenon methods. Unskilled labor could construct a house with a minimal amount of instruction.


2008 Historical Studies Journal 5 These interpretations of the invention of the balloon frame as a revolutionary construction method traceable to a single event can be misleading, however. As with many building methods, evolution rather than revolution may provide a more appropriate context in understanding the role of lightweight framing as compared to the older heavy framing methods. Material availability and carpentry skills determined the form of many vernacular structures. In some cases, a rudimentary form of the lightweight frame may have been used for construction when sufcient heavy timber was unavailable, necessitating replacement with several lighter pieces. As applied to residential construction, Fred W. Peterson traced lightweight framing techniques to mid-1830s farmhouses, contemporaneous with the construction of St. Marys Church.16 The changes in available materials and improvements to the transportation network from forest to mill to building site together account for the dominance of balloon-frame construction through the Midwest and West in the nineteenth and into the twentieth centuries. Increased industrialization in the nineteenth century converted raw products to commodities and specialized crafts into efcient mass production lines. Cronons examination of this process, in Natures Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West illuminated the development of the lumber industry from a local seasonal operation, of individual sawmills along the rivers and lakeshore, to a year-round cooperative concern centered along the Chicago railyards and shoreline. The systems efciency quickly exhausted the northern white pine forests on which the Chicago lumber trade depended. As Chicagos domination of the lumber market broke with the loss of the northern forests, suppliers shifted to the Pacic Northwest and southern yellow pine forests in the search for rst-growth wood.17 These remote locations applied and rened the methods pioneered in Chicago into the twentieth century. Chicago retained regional dominance in railroad transportation, and therefore its ties to the hinterland as an entrepot between lumber supply and demand. The pieces were in place: balloon framing techniques allowed the common person to build a quality domicile, a network of rails delivered the product from widely scattered sources, and a growing market of new homeowners chaffed to live the American Dream. Sears, Roebuck, with its established mail-order business for everything for the house, expanded the business to include the house itself. Efciency, economy, and quality were Sears bywords in their advertising, and they stood by their product with full warranties. Sears was not the only manufacturer of kit homes. Aladdin Company and Montgomery Ward & Company also sold similar products, but Sears dominated the market. Sears offered three classes of houses: the Honor Bilt group with larger plans and the highest grades of wood, the Standard Built series with less expensive plans and materials, and the cottage-type series designed for use in warm climates since they were not equipped with many conveniences or even insulation. Sears maintained factories for their Modern Homes Division in Ohio, New Jersey, and Illinois, connected by rail to the country. The 1926 catalog included testimonials as to the quality of the materials. One example from a satised customer from Washington, DC: The lumber was far superior, so carpenters said, to any that could be obtained here.18 Sears advertised the use of select, clear, high-grade woods for framing and nish


6 Rosemary Lewis W H Y A KIT HOU SE ? work and guaranteed satisfaction. Douglas r and Pacic Coast hemlock provided the framing members. Oak, birch, Douglas r and yellow pine became oors, cabinets, and trim. Cypress, the wood that lasts for centuries, became window frames and exterior nishes. Red cedar shingles covered the roof.19Sears sold approximately 75,000 to 100,000 of their kit homes, in 370 to 447 styles, between 1908 and 1940 in the lower 48 states. The majority of these appeared to be located east of the Mississippi and north of the Mason-Dixon Line, where Sears maintained sales ofces.20 Some fty years after the sale of the last kit home, the public rediscovered these houses as an emblem of the middle-class American expe rience. Rosemary Thornton, perhaps the most well-known author on the subject, published several books and lectured extensively during her travels in search of Sears homes. The sales records have been lost, so the effort to track down and identify true kit homes generally requires the discovery of a set of plans in the attic, a notation in the building permit records, comparison of dimensions or proportions with known designs, or nding a part number stamp on a piece of wood. In a few instances, company records identied clusters of these houses as factorysponsored construction tracts. The 1926 catalog included photographs of developments in Carlinville and Wood River, Illinois, sold to Standard Oil Company; in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, sold to American Magnesia Company; and in Akron, Ohio, sold to an unnamed construction company.21 Standard Oil bought 192 kits in 1918 for $1,000,000 to house coal miners and administrative staff. Closure of the mines less than a decade later resulted in the tenants moving out, leaving the houses vacant until they were sold again for $350 to $500 in 1935, ten percent of their original price less than twenty years before. In 1987, the Carlinville Chamber of Commerce held its rst historic tour of the homes of the Standard Addition, now a source of tourism dollars to the community. The Chicago suburb of Aurora, which had a Modern Homes sales ofce in the center of town, contained a signicant number of Sears houses. The citys Preservation Commission published a self-guided walking tour of thirty houses scattered through the city, representing the best preserved of 136 identied properties.22The published literature identies a few Sears homes in Colorado. In Denver, historian Thomas Noel lists one house, at 3401 Stuart St., as one of the few known Sears, Roebuck houses in the area. This house is a four-square design, constructed of concrete blocks manufactured onsite. The owners, a brother and sister, built the house while living in what is now the garage.23 Buena Vista (the Westly plan), Colorado Springs (Palmyra), Colorado City (Clarrissa and Concord), Greeley (Avondale), Ordway (The Silverdale), Brush (No. 175), and Lima (Matoka) also contain Sears houses.24 F ormation of the A llis R anch P reserve and the House R estorationIn 1970 Pat Allis and his new wife, Andree, moved into the house and began their effort to clean up the ranch. They tore down old barns and sheds dating to the early 1900s, including an ice house south of the ranch house. By this time, the family had already implemented several alterations to the house. The original screened porch (or


2008 Historical Studies Journal 7 sun porch) on the rear of the house had been closed in, indicated by the existing roof line. Windows added to this back porch differed from the rest of the house. The Allises installed a wood-burning stove in the dining room, paneled the walls, and added beams to the ceiling to cover cracks in the original horsehair plaster. They installed tile over the wood oors, dug window wells and repaired the basement windows to keep out water, rodents, and snakes. In 1988, the Allises installed new cabinets and linoleum in the kitchen, carpeted the bedrooms, and replaced wood on the front porch.25After Pats death in 1991 and his mothers death in 1997, the family sold portions of the 3,000-acre ranch for development, except 830 acres, which became the Allis Ranch Preserve under the stewardship of Colorado Open Lands, a non-prot orga nization.26 In Lewis Stevens original 160-acre parcel, an enclave of exclusive homes curved along the eastern side of West Plum Creek in a subdivision called the Allis Ranch Preserve. Helen Koubas house, and the Stevens home and barn, remained on a commonly-held parcel near Highway 105. By 2004, the Kouba house was in complete disrepair. It had stood empty for years. Owners of the adjacent parcel of land in the Allis Ranch Preserve, Margaret and David Rhyne, swapped a portion of their land in exchange for the land on which the ranch house stood, intending to use the house as a place for caregivers of their handicapped daughter, Alexis. As part of the agreement, the other homeowners in the Allis Ranch Preserve stipulated that the house could not be rented to other than caregivers or sold.27On Thanksgiving weekend of 2004, they started renovating the house by gutting the interior, removing the improvements made by the Allis family, stripping the lathe-and-plaster walls and ceilings down to the studs and joists, and exposing the original wood oors from under layers of linoleum and carpet. The Rhynes found Douglas r oors throughout the house, except in the kitchen, which had oak oor ing. They sanded, repaired and sealed the oors with a clear-coat nish. They found 1923 Denver Post newspapers stuffed around the window frames. Mice nests, wasp nests, and beehives occupied the wall and oor cavity spaces. According to David Rhyne, the house exhibited little differential settlement over the years. The wall studs were found to be at about 14 inches on center, generally closer spacing than construction today. One of the features of the Sears Honor Bilt series of homes was the inclusion of wall studs at 14-3/8 inches on center for a higher quality structure.28 Only after the new spray foam insulation had been installed did the doors need to be squared.29 The Rhynes removed the doors from their frames, dip-stripped and re-hung them. An original window appeared from behind the bathroom tile. Custom-ordered aluminum-clad, energy efcient duplicates of the original windows replaced those removed by the Allis family as keepsakes. The stairways were reinforced from below and resurfaced with Douglas r treads. David Rhyne duplicated the unsalvageable trim in each room in a basement carpentry shop. An asphalt roof replaced the built-up roof. New electrical, plumbing, heating and ventilation systems, and drywall were installed. Cabinets and lighting xtures, dupli cating the 1920s style, completed the renovation and provided the rooms with a sense of time and place.30 The Rhynes turned the rear bedroom into a large bathroom with


8 Rosemary Lewis W H Y A KIT HOU SE ? a contemporary shower and lavatory. Before work was completed, Alexis died in her sleep on January 8, 2005. Margaret and David and their family and friends continued restoration of the house in memory of Alexis, and dedicated the house to her. Today the house is white with red trim, continuing the previous paint scheme of white with a red roof. It is a one-and-one-half-story clapboard frame side-gabled structure with many Craftsman-style features, such as the decorative exposed braces visible along the rake edges and the low-pitched roof. The off-center partial-width covered front porch has triangular knee braces for its front-gabled roof and stylized porch supports. Virginia and Lee McAlester describe the Craftsman style as the dominant style for small houses from about 1905 through the 1920s.31Consideration of the possible source kit for the house included evaluation of features such as the general oor plan and room dimensions, number of oors, rooine, dormers, and decorative features. These kits could, and often were, customized. Nearly any feature could be changed to suit the customer, from the oor materials to combining the parts of two plans. Rooms could be enlarged by moving out a wall, windows could be upgraded, and oor plans mirrored from that shown in the catalog. Examination of reprints of several Sears catalogs revealed several candidates as the source kit. The ground oor plan and front elevation closely resembled the Clyde plan, listed in catalogs between 1921 and 1929 for $1,175 to $1,923. The living room/dining room/kitchen elevation on the north side differed from the Clyde plan with the bump-out for the dining room window and three fenestrations instead of two. The living room/bedrooms elevation with a southern exposure closely resembled the catalog plan, including the bumped-out bedroom and the small window in the bathroom uncovered during renovation. The Kouba house, however, did not have the replace as shown on the drawings. The most signicant differences between the Kouba house and the Clyde pattern included the addition of another bedroom under the roof, the stairway access, and the orientation of the roof (front-gabled as designed, side-gabled as constructed). Mrs. Kouba made upgrades to the pattern, according to the family account, which may have included the addition of the bedroom under the roof and a stairway access. The rear shed dormer, lighting the stairway and small anteroom or landing to the upstairs bedroom, appears to be out-of-scale and style with the ground level, possibly the result of customization. The other candidates for the base plan, the Savoy (from the 1916 catalog), the Belmont (from 1916 through 1921 catalogs), and the Hazelton (from 1911 through 1922 catalogs) each exhibit Craftsman-style exterior features such as exposed rafter tails, knee braces, and low-pitch roof. Each of these plans also includes a partial second oor unlike the Clyde. The general oor plans, however, differ signicantly from the existing house with the inclusion of a sleeping porch, pantry, or even in the general room arrangement. The absence of plans, unique markings, or building records, however, precludes denitive identication of this house as a Sears Clyde plan structure. When considering the years that the Clyde kit was advertised in the catalog (beginning in 1921), the presence of 1923 newspapers in the walls, and the newspaper notice of Mr. Kouba hauling a carload of lumber from Sedalia in 1923, it appeared


2008 Historical Studies Journal 9 that the legend of storing the house for a decade in the barn became exaggerated over the course of time. A circa-1923 photograph, with the family standing in front of the house, possibly commemorated moving-in day. The information collected pointed to a construction date sometime in the summer of 1923.C oncluding R emarksToday all that remains of the Stevens-Kouba-Allis Ranch historical buildings are the circa 1923 ranch house, and a wood house and a log barn dating possibly to the rst years of the Stevens ownership of the property. Interest in the kit house has not diminished in the past decade. Kit houses have sometimes become erroneously associated with the bungalow style, probably as a result of timing. Magazines like American Bungalow provide a forum for the acionados. A new book by Rich Binsacca, Kit Homes: Your Guide to Home-Building Options from Catalogs to Factories on contemporary kit homes, testies to continuing interest in the subject. However, the homes this book describes are not kit homes as marketed by Sears a century ago, complete with nails, paint, and nishes. These contemporary versions appear to be partially pre-assembled before delivery to the site.32Why a kit house? For the thirty-two years that Sears, Roebuck manufactured homes, they lled a market niche by combining mass production efciency with individual preferences. This period marked a transition from the individual custom-built homes, be they cabins, bungalows, or mansions, to the mass-produced middle class development with pre-selected plans. Within a decade of the end of the Sears line of homes, the planned development, represented by the Levittown, New York model, introduced a different type of construction efciency marketed to the same demographic audience as the kit house. As to why so few of these kit homes found their way to the American West, perhaps the answer lay in the marketing strategy. Buyers generally purchased the homes through sales ofces, none of which were located west of the Mississippi. Perhaps, like Helen Kouba, western buyers visiting Illinois or another eastern locale with a sales ofce had the opportunity to select and customize their homes. The kit home could then symbolize ties to the east for a family. Certainly more of these structures await discovery throughout the west.


I ntroductionThe Popular Front came to power in France on June 6, 1936. Having won the majority of votes during the May 3 elections, the parties making up the Front had earned the right to form a new government headed by the Socialists, who had won the most seats in the Chamber of Deputies. Lon Blum, head of the Socialist party, was to be the new Prime Minister of France. Under the banner of the Popular Front, the Socialists united in a coalition with the Communists, the centrist Radicals, and several small parties, and rose to power on a platform primarily of anti-fascism with a modicum of proposed social reforms. The Popular Fronts rise to power had been precipitated by a shift in policy by the Communists, who, under the direction of the Comintern, had discarded their class against class tactics in favor of an anti-fascist rapprochement with their fellow parties of the left, following the suppression of the German communists and the fascist riots in Paris on February 6, 1934. After the elections of May 3, the working classes determined that with the election of a Socialist-led government, change had become possible.1 A massive wave of strikes broke out and, as noted with very little exaggeration by Communist leader Maurice Thorez, in less than two weeks the strike had spread throughout the country, borne along on a tre Above: Rotary BusLibrary of Congress Prints and Photographs DivisionKevin Lucas Lord is an undergraduate in the Department of History at the University of Colorado Denver. He wrote this paper as an assignment in HIST 3121 The World at War taught by Susan Gustin. After completing his undergraduate studies, Kevin hopes to pursue the study of Medieval History in a graduate school setting.WOR K ING C LA SS LE I S UR E and Holidays With Pay During the French Popular FrontKevin L. Lord


12 Kevin L. Lord WOR K ING C LA SS LE I S UR E mendous wave of enthusiasm.2 The strikes were on a scale that was unprecedented in French history. Nearly two million workers went on strike during the month of May. The largest previous strikes had totaled 1.2 million over the entire year of 1920.3 The strikes were also unusual in that over three-quarters of them took the form of peaceful, disciplined factory occupations with property[,] machinery and stocks ... looked after with jealous care by the striking workers.4 Instead of angry riots and protests through the streets, the workers had quietly taken control of factories, bringing a large percentage of French industry to a stunned halt. The out-going government of Albert Sarraut did nothing against the strikers, but when Lon Blums government assumed power on June 6, Blum immediately moved to begin negotiations between the trade unions and the employer associations. The result was what became known as the Matignon Agreement. Representatives of the state, the union umbrella organization Confdration gnrale du travail (CGT), and the employer confederation Confdration gnrale de la production franaise (CGPF) signed the Matignon Agreement on June 7, 1936. The agreement provided an increase in working-class wages on a sliding scale of between seven and fteen percent, allowed workers to join trade unions without fear of losing their jobs, and established the right of workers to negotiate collectively for benets.5However, the signing of the Matignon Agreement did not lead to a halting of the strikes. Maurice Thorez, head of the Communist Party, declared that [t]hough it is important to press our claims thoroughly, it is equally important to know when to stop.6 Meanwhile, the Chamber of Deputies passed a urry of social legislation meant to ameliorate the potentially explosive situation. That the always reactionary Senate also passed most of the proposed legislation during the rst weeks of the Blum administration was an indication of the seriousness with which the perceived threat of the striking workers was taken by all of the political spectra of the French govern ment. It was during these few weeks that bills establishing a forty-hour workweek and holidays with pay were written into law by the votes of the Chamber and Senate. The question of holidays with pay, of which we shall primarily concern ourselves in this article, was not a new one in French politics. Bills had been proposed by Leftist deputies and passed in the Chamber of Deputies in both 1928 and 1932, only to be locked in committee by the conservative Senate for reasons that are not entirely clear, but may be speculated as being related to concerns regarding the economic impacts as well as the potential for idleness among workers.7The passage of the bill establishing holidays with pay would introduce a new element into the social life of the working classes, giving them opportunities to experience their nation as they never had before. In this article, I shall examine the effects of this newfound leisure and the means by which the Popular Front government implemented it. The question is a signicant one, as holidays with pay is the single issue that has cemented the reputation of the Popular Front and is its greatest lasting success.8


2008 Historical Studies Journal 13 Holidays With P ay and L eisure D uring the P opular F rontThe bill establishing holidays with pay provided paid vacations of fteen days (twelve working days) for all salaried and wage-earning employees who had been on their job for at least one year.9 Unlike the Forty-Hour Law, which the Chamber of Deputies also passed at this time, that stipulated the implementation of a forty-hour work week, the law establishing holidays with pay was passed with relatively little vitriol or conict. While the Forty-Hour Law immediately sparked controversy and attempts to dismantle it by the Right, paid vacations found support on both sides of the political spectrum. Many on both the Right and the Left believed that vacations are necessary in the modern world.10 Contemporary conservatives believed that the implementation of holidays with pay would reduce radical sentiments and sabotage revolutionary efforts on the far Left, while labor leaders on the Left felt that paid vacations were proper vehicles for the expression of individualism in modern society.11The implementation of paid vacations coincidentally occurred simultaneously with Lon Blums creation of a Ministry of Sports and Leisure, headed by the Socialist Lo Lagrange. One of the main tasks undertaken by Lagrange was to increase the presence of sporting and leisure activities in the daily lives of French workers. Lagrange believed strongly that the implementation of the Forty-Hour law (which would give birth to the weekend) and paid vacations must not be simply a period of non-work, but rather a time of leisurely pursuits that rejuvenated the spirits of the people.12In the pursuit of this goal and as part of the Blum governments larger effort to reduce unemployment, Lagranges ministry funded the construction of 400 sports arenas across the nation by the end of 1937. Lagrange also supported the development of a network of youth hostels across France intended to encourage working class travel with their affordable rates. The government introduced physical education classes in almost half of Frances departments with the goal not only of increasing the health of students, but also of fostering a lifelong interest in physical leisure activities.13Lagrange personally intervened with the directors of Frances four largest railroads to arrange for ticket discounts for holiday travelers. Lagranges wife Madeleine would later quote one of the directors as having sputtered, [w]hat you are asking us is antirailroad!14 Despite these protests, Lagrange wrung a forty percent ticket discount out of the railroads and, according to historian Jean Lacouture, several millions of the people of France beneted.15Lagranges motives for increasing the leisure opportunities of workers were not entirely altruistic. He argued that leisure would help to arrest the declining birth rate in France, which had been a major concern in France since before the inception of the Third Republic. Lagrange emphasized the role a healthy and t working class would play in revitalizing the French nation and shaking off the entropic mentality that was widely perceived to have dogged France since the defeat at Sedan in 1870.16The view of Leftist intellectuals in relation to the subject of leisure tended to form around these cerebral conceptions. Before the implementation of paid holidays, the elites who made up the leadership of the various Left-wing movements in France imagined that mass assembly jobs were a drain on the creative and imaginative


14 Kevin L. Lord WOR K ING C LA SS LE I S UR E abilities of the workers, reducing them to a state where they could only partake in passive leisure activities.17 The implementation of paid holidays was seen as an opportunity to instill intellectual and cultural values in the working classes and keep them from indulging in alcohol and idleness.18 The leftist intelligentsia, who operated through the various trade unions and parties of the left to sponsor structured leisure activities, exposed workers to their values. As historian Ellen Furlough wrote, [d]emocratic access ... to art, music, theater, and cinema ... was at the heart of the cultural politics of the Popular Front.19 Leftist organized leisure supplemented these staples of cultural life with lectures on the history of France, tours of cultural sites and trips to visit local workers and their places of work.20 Elites on the Left believed that they must educate the people to enjoy what they like, as though the people were not capable of experiencing joy in their own capacities.21Beyond the elitism of the left were the more practical attempts to foster holidays and leisure among the working classes. The Communist union Metalworkers of Paris organized festivals for its members, and purchased land for the purpose of allowing its members to camp and experience nature.22 Advertisements and magazine covers attempted to lure readers from the industrial cities to the beaches, mountains, and small townships of France. Slowly at rst, but in increasing numbers, the working classes did begin to take advantage of the new opportunities for leisure offered to them. In 1936, members of the working classes purchased 600,000 of the discounted rail tickets for which Lagrange had negotiated. In 1937 and 1938, this number increased to 1.2 million. While many took advantage of these new travel opportunities to visit exotic locations like the French Riviera, historian Michael Seidman noted that even more took advantage of the reduced fares to visit their relatives in the countryside.23Only ve to ten percent of the population was actually able to go on vacations during the 1930s, despite the attempts of the government and the trade unions to encouraging time away from boring work and an ugly urban environment, which lacked air and light.24 The primary factor limiting vacation travel for the working classes was money. The Matignon Agreement increased wages, but these increases went rst toward necessary purchases, and the effect of these pay raises was entirely marginalized as rising ination eliminated the gains. Furlough explained further that psychology was also a factor. People who had queued up each morning in front of their factories for many years awakened at their regular time, as if they were going to work ... [m]any were concerned whether they would be paid. Also, many workers saw paid vacations as an opportunity to rest, as opposed to a compelling reason for travel. Many remained close to their homes, enjoying the opportunity to relax, and took advantage of local opportunities to engage in leisure. 25The cartoon Les Salopards en Vacances by Pol Farjac appeared in the French publication Le Canard Enchane on August 12, 1936. The cartoon depicted a scene on a beach somewhere in France. In the background of the cartoon, vacationers could be seen lounging in the sun or playing in the ocean, while in the foreground, a bourgeois woman sat in a bath tub and said to her companion [v]ous ne pensiez pas


2008 Historical Studies Journal 15 que jallais me tremper dans la meme eau que ces bolcheviks! 26 This cartoon reected the considerable friction, which occurred where workers infringed on what had long been the domain of the bourgeoisie. The right-wing magazine Combat accused vacationing workers of ruining the French countryside and declared that there would be nothing left but to take a rie and some cartridges and shoot down ... the tyrants who are as dangerous as German barbarians.27 Similarly, an article in the conservative newspaper LEcho de Paris referred to the authors encounter with a group of school children led by their teacher singing the Communist Internationale and regarding the author and his (or her) four children with a look of hatred [that] one nds almost anywhere ... in what was once our lovely France.28 The existence of these sorts of hyperbolic statements reected the yawning divides that had grown over the course of the Third Republic between the petite bourgeoisie and urban workers, the deeply religious and the secular, and those who sympathized with authoritarian ideologies and were terried of the inuences of Socialism and Communism on French society. On a more rational level, some conservatives raised objections to the paid vacations of the working classes on the ground of the nancial ramications to business.29 However, a great many employers saw paid vacations as a way to improve discipline by denying them to workers who failed to conform to workplace expectations. For the most part, employers saw vacations as a lesser evil than the Forty-Hour Law. The eighty or so hours lost per employee per year because of paid vacations paled next to the four hundred hours (or more) of productivity that the Forty-Hour Law would cost businesses.30For workers, paid vacations and increasing leisure opportunities were signs of an improving life. Travel, cultural experiences, and sporting activities that had previously been largely unavailable became more and more available as the 1930s waned. The masses engaged in formerly elite pursuits such as tennis, skiing, and soccer with the encouragement of men like Lo Lagrange, while beachfront and artistic venues experienced inuxes of people of a type previously barred by unspoken agreement. And yet, the intentions of the Ministry of Sport and Leisure and of other organizations led by Leftist intellectuals would ultimately fail in two ways. The rst and most direct failure of the Leftist leisure movement was the failure of the Popular Front to invest properly in its leisure vision. The threat of a reinvigorated and bellicose Germany forced Lon Blum, in September 1936 and just three months after the Popular Front took power, to take the practical step of instituting Frances most ambitious armaments program since the end of World War I. This had a negative impact on the governments ability to fund fully many of the planned leisure programs.31 The second and more subtle failure was the inability of the Left to control the leisure movement itself. While they envisioned the reconstruction of the working class into a sort of cultured proletarian ideal, workers themselves had another agenda in mind: the satisfaction of newly aroused consumer instincts based around pleasurable experiences. The Left had been attempting to achieve a form of democratic unity through leisure. However, they lacked the funds to follow through on their philosophies sufciently to make up for the contradictions between the prized ideological concepts


16 Kevin L. Lord WOR K ING C LA SS LE I S UR Eof democratic unity and individualism, while enterprising forces in the free market were only too willing to provide pleasure and leisure without the drag of ideology.32It is important to make the distinction that this was a failure on the part of the elites of the Left political movement, and not a failure of the working classes themselves. As noted earlier, only ve to ten percent of the French people were able to take a vacation in the 1930s; by the 1980s, this number had risen to above sixty percent.33 The movement toward leisure for the masses that began with the Popular Front has had a signicant impact on the lives of a great many average citizens in France for over seventy years. While on trial in Vichy France, Lon Blum spoke eloquently on this matter: I did not often leave my ministerial ofce during the course of my Ministry, but each time I did go out, when I passed through the great suburbs and saw the roads crowded with ramshackle cars, motor-bikes, tandems, with working-class couples in their gaily-coloured pullovers, showing that the idea of leisure was awakening within them a sort of simple and natural coquetry, I had in spite of everything the feeling of having introduced a little beauty, a ray of light into their drab and difcult lives.34It is this ray of light of which Blum spoke that renders the question of the expansion of leisure to the working classes during the Popular Front so signicant. This ray of light the introduction of paid holidays and the expansion of leisure is why the Popular Front, which so largely failed to achieve its goals (including its most signicant goal to defend France from fascism), has found a fond remembrance in the popular memory of so many in France.35


Boettcher Mansion, also known as Lorraine Lodge, was the summer home of Charles Boettcher, one of Colorados best-known entrepreneurs and philanthropists. Situated atop Lookout Mountain in Golden, Colorado, the lodge is one of the nest examples of both indigenous architecture and Arts and Crafts design in the area. Drafted by William E. Fisher and Arthur A. Fisher, Architects, and constructed during the summers of 1916 1918, the mansion currently operates as an events center with an emphasis on weddings and receptions, as well as being home to the Colorado Arts and Crafts Society. This paper will look at the building from four different angles: the history of the original owner Charles Boettcher; the history of the structure; a structural and site description; and the buildings current use.C harles Boettcher: EntrepreneurCharles Boettcher was born in Kolleda, Germany in 1852 and immigrated to the United States in 1869. He joined his brother Herman in Cheyenne, Wyoming as a tinsmith and soon became his partner in a thriving hardware business, which later expanded to include several other locations including Boulder and Leadville. Boettcher married Fannie Augusta Cowan in 1874 and Above: Boettcher MansionGayla McGoldrickGayla McGoldrick is an undergraduate student majoring in History who plans to go on to graduate school where she wants to major in Public History. As a volunteer at the Lookout Mountain Nature Center & Preserve, Gayla became interested in the Boettcher Mansion. Prior to the construction of the Nature Center building, the Center originally occupied one room in the Mansion. She wrote this paper for the Spring 2007 class, Historic Preservation HIST 4232. BOE TTC HE R M ANSION Gayla McGoldrick


18 Gayla McGoldrick BO E TTC HE R MAN S ION the two settled in Boulder where his hardware business ourished. Hard Goods, Hardware, and Hard Cash1 was the company slogan. With the birth of his son Claude in 1875, Boettcher entered into what he referred to as the happiest period of his life. However, Boettcher left the happy life in Boulder in pursuit of fast money produced by the mining craze. A good portion of his prosperity was due to this move and, ultimately, to the explosive growth of the mining industry. Charles quickly learned about mining operations and catered to the needs of miners looking for supplies and machinery. Boettcher did admit to some regrets at uprooting his family from Boulder during such an idyllic phase of their lives, but later declared the die was cast, it was too late to look back; I determined to follow out my decision vigorously come good or ill.2 Much of Boettchers nature could be summed up in that single statement. In Leadville, Boettchers entrepreneurial skills bloomed, and he amassed incredible prots from supplying the miners of the silver boom. Hardware was his forte: Hardware is one of the best businesses there is. I like that line. I was brought up in it. Axes and hammers dont go out of style like so many other things.3With the Leadville store thriving, Boettcher set his sights on Denver and purchased an existing hardware business there in 1884. The family moved to their 11th and Grant Street mansion on Capitol Hill where daughter Ruth was born and where Boettcher took his place along Millionaires Row. Charles Boettcher had begun to make his mark on Colorado. The turn of the century saw Boettcher branching out into various other business ventures. He established the Great Western Sugar Company and later the Ideal Cement Company, all while trying his hand at multiple ventures including banking, mining, and ranching. However, his dedication to business had taken extraordinary amounts of time away from his family; whether or not this was a contributing factor is not known, but Boettcher and Fannie separated in 1915, and legally divorced in 1920. Years later Boettcher rather poignantly noted, I feel sure now that had I stayed in Boulder, I would have led a happy life. Very likely I wouldnt have made much money, but money isnt everything, although it often helps.4It was during this period that construction on the Lookout Mountain retreat known as Lorraine Lodge began. Boettcher history never provided an explanation for the name Lorraine. Fannie herself never lived there, remaining in the Grant Street house while Boettcher moved to, and later became joint owner of, the Brown Palace Hotel in downtown Denver. Hardly the type to enjoy retirement, Boettcher continued to work until well into his nineties, expanding an already lengthy rsum with ventures into the banking and insurance businesses, the meat packing industry, and a utilities corporation. With his approval, son Claude and grandson Charles II established the Boettcher Foundation, one of the largest family trust funds in Colorado, with assets totaling over $240 million.5 Boettcher passed away July 2, 1948, at the age of 96. Described by many as having the Midas Touch, Boettcher did indeed seem to have a knack for turning a steady prot in every business venture. One could attribute much of this to sheer ambition and a shrewd sense of business, as opposed to gifts from a higher power. The combination of these two assets (along with a work ethic continually in overdrive) seems to have been the secret to his success. Lorraine Lodge, as a retreat


2008 Historical Studies Journal 19 designed for recreation, seems somewhat inconsistent with Boettchers nature. My father, stated Claude after Charless death, never learned how to play.6 History of L orraine L odgeCharles Boettcher reportedly chose the site for Lorraine Lodge after viewing the area during the construction of Lariat Trail in Golden; Boettchers cement company donated the materials needed to build the road. He had the lodge built on 110 acres of mountain meadowland with views of the Continental Divide on one side, and the city of Denver on the other. There was nothing else up here when they built the home, stated Susan Becker, former director of the Boettcher Mansion. They brought building materials up here by horse and wagon via Lariat Loop, since I-70 wasnt built yet. It was really a wilderness up here at that time, even though today its only twenty minutes from downtown.7 Boettcher, an avid hunter, may have been attracted to the area because of its abundance of wildlife. Herds of elk, deer, and ocks of wild turkeys inhabited the surrounding acres, and Boettcher stocked the grounds with other forms of game for hunting. Boettcher chose brothers William and Arthur Fisher to design the lodge. Prominent Colorado architects, the Fisher rm designed not only private homes but also hospitals, churches, schools, and commercial businesses. Many of their Denver buildings received listing on the National Register of Historic Places, including: the Phipps Mansion, the Denver City Tramway Building, and the A.C. Foster Building. Boettcher frequently used the lodge as his personal retreat and for entertaining hunting parties, especially during the summer months. Several governors had been guests of Boettcher, and later of his son Claude, during the lodges heyday. Queen Marie of Rumania, on a visit to Colorado in 1926, visited Lorraine Lodge with her royal party for a luncheon with Boettcher himself. Boettchers summer retreat was a gathering place for Denvers prestigious and elite, and was featured in both Modes and Manners and Municipal Facts popular magazines of the time: The one important house that seems most perfectly to harmonize with the Colorado mountains is the residence of Charles Boettcher on Lookout Mountain, designed by Fisher and Fisher. In the Arts & Crafts style, it surmounts the hill of which it seems a crowning member. In fact, it is next to impossible to ascertain at certain points of the structure, where the natural formation ends and the architecture begins. The Mansion is almost a part of the earth and rock.8 Municipal Facts, 1920 Modes and Manners a publication of Denver Dry Goods and Denvers premier style magazine, gushed over Lorraine Lodge in an article titled Living in the Clouds: There are a number of opulent members of Denver society who literally live in the clouds in a manner betting royalty. Great stone castles have been built in the mountains and they are far more luxurious than any royal domicile which you may read about in a continental guide book or historical novel. Standing on a high, secluded spot on Lookout Mountain, is the home


20 Gayla McGoldrick BO E TTC HE R MAN S ION of Charles Boettcher. This great house built of gray stone might well have been designed for the seclusion of a warrior. The interior is of stone and the walls project copper and wrought iron lights, which add to the ancient castle atmosphere. The colossal stone replace, and the windows that frame magnicent mountain scenery, are features of this luxurious home. It was here that Queen Marie of Rumania tarried for lunch when she visited Denver in 1926.9 Modes and Manners, 1928 Three generations of Boettchers lived and entertained at Lorraine Lodge. Charline Breeden, daughter of Ruth Boettcher Humphries and granddaughter of Charles, moved her family into the home year round in the early 1960s, and after her cancer diagnosis in 1968, she requested in her will that ownership of the lodge be turned over to Jefferson County upon her death. The county took possession of Lorraine Lodge after Charline passed away in August of 1972. The building opened to the public in 1975 as the Jefferson County Conference and Nature Center, and in December 2005, a $3.1 million Capital Improvement Plan from Jefferson Countys Conservation Trust Fund received approval for the restoration of what was now renamed Boettcher Mansion. Structural and Site D escriptionBoettcher Mansion, at 7500 feet, is quite literally a part of the mountain upon which it is located. Through a crawlspace in the basement of the building, it is possible to see where the foundation of the structure attaches directly to the stone itself. The building is situated on 110 acres on Lookout Mountain west of Golden, on what is termed as both mountain meadowland and rolling foothill terrain if Boettcher used scenic views as part of his criteria in the purchase of the site, he undoubtedly was not disappointed. The area surrounding the mansion is Ponderosa pine forest, and lled with an enormous variety of birds and wildlife. Coyotes, fox, elk, mule deer, Swainsons and Red-tailed hawks, Aberts squirrels, and birds too numerous to mention were all spotted by the author during frequent visits to the lodge. Game trails are still visible throughout the acreage, many replaced by hiking trails established by the Nature Center itself, and the carriage road leading to the mansion is still visible near the original front entrance. Had a huge main gate not been erected at the entrance to the Nature Center and its property, one could drive by the site and not be aware the lodge even existed. Boettcher Mansion, nominated in January of 1984 as a historic site on the National Register of Historic Places, was listed on the Register as Lorraine Lodge (Charles Boettcher Summer Home), Site Number 5JF.323.10 The nomination included 62 of the 110 surrounding acres, as well as six structures located on the property:


2008 Historical Studies Journal 21 In addition to the Mansion itself, all the structures remain except for the barn; its exact location is not known save for the fact that it was east of the well house. The entrance gateposts, also designed by Fisher and Fisher, received extensive modication to allow for a larger amount of vehicular trafc, while the style remained in keeping with the previous design. Security requirements necessitated the addition of new iron gates in 1983. Charline had added servants quarters on the property in the 1960s they were not included in the Register nomination; their removal made room for the new Nature Center located on the property. The Fishers designed the Mansion in an irregular U-shape, with the south faade forming the base of the U, and the west portion forming the longer arm of the U. The south faade was originally the main entrance of the house, with a circular drive leading up to a large stone wall approximately ten feet in height. The home, however, did not sit hidden behind the massive wall but rather above it, making the wall appear more as the foundation than a protective structure. The effect gave the home the appearance of a rustic castle upon the hill. Natural eldstone, quarried on site during construction and laid in an uncoursed rubble band, made up the entire south faade, making the home appear impenetrable. The owners have done very little through the years to alter any of the exterior, save the removal of some of the brickwork embedded in the patio, and a change in paint colors. The north elevation, which is now being used as the main entryway, has undergone the most dramatic changes in the buildings structure. An enclosed lobby was added in 1986 to what had been the rear entrance to the home to accommodate its new usage as an events center. New walkways with heating elements beneath have been added, as well as a staircase leading up to the new entryway. A new slate roof was also added in 2006; although the original roof was wood, the slate roof retained the original look while being more durable. A new addition is being built, fully detachable, on the east side of the home. It will house a two-story kitchen and is intended to expand the catering capabilities of the mansion. Extensive restoration of the interior of Boettcher Mansion was not necessary. The house was well taken care of through its 90-year history by family members as well as the county. At the time of Charline Breedens occupation, only basic alterations were done to winterize the house, including the removal of the screens in both the rstand second-oor sleeping porches and replacing them with glass, and changing paint colors in the rooms. After Jefferson County gained ownership of the building, however, more extensive work needed to be done in order to adapt the lodge to its current use as an events and conference center. A brief description of the interior is necessary to identify the alterations. The lodge is made up of two stories, originally designed in the shape of an irregular U. The base of the U consists of the Grand Hall, a cavernous open area with an enormous stone replace, and two rooms on either side of the hall called the Buffet Room and the Piano Room. The area above these rooms is open. The longer side of the Us arm (the east faade) consists of two bedrooms with an adjoining bathroom and sun room, formerly used as a sleeping porch. The upper oor of the east faade is a mirror image of the lower: two bedrooms, a bath, and another sun room. On the shorter


22 Gayla McGoldrick BO E TTC HE R MAN S ION arm, or west faade, are the kitchen, pantry, front ofce, and storage area. Above this on the second oor are more ofces, which were originally the servants rooms, and the staff bath. From 1980 to 1989, the County approved and funded several much-needed improvements to the Mansion: the kitchen was remodeled to accommodate catering services, and the Carriage House adjoining the lodge was converted to provide additional meeting space. Perhaps the most striking alteration was the addition of a two-story lobby with gas replace at what was originally the back of the building, enclosing the small leaky porch and providing a much more dramatic entrance. 11 The most extensive alterations taking place under the current Capital Improvement Plan were made to the bedrooms, bathrooms, and kitchen: copper sinks and vanities accented with hand-made tile were installed in two of the bedrooms (to accommodate brides and grooms for wedding events); the bathrooms on both oors were enlarged and additional xtures added to accommodate higher amounts of trafc; and stainless steel xtures and a new dumbwaiter were installed in the kitchen. A wheelchair accessible bathroom with accompanying ramp was installed on the rst oor to bring the building up to code. In the Piano and Buffet Rooms, plate glass windows were replaced with casement windows of Honduran mahogany, and in the Grand Hall, the previous ooring was replaced with new red oak. The Carriage House has also had extensive alterations. Originally built to house Boettchers collection of vintage cars, the rst oor now contains a kitchen, restrooms, and an open area large enough for meetings and conferences. The upstairs has housed caretakers since the Boettcher days, and contains two bedrooms, a living area, kitchen, bathroom, and mudroom, all currently being restored. The staff is in the process of hiring a new caretaker, and interestingly has as one of its candidates the previous caretaker from the 1960s when Charlines family resided there.12 A major part of the cosmetic restoration process includes the installation of wallpaper true to the Arts and Crafts movement, along with interior paint in its respective palette, and the installation of new lighting xtures and furnishings, all faithful to the Arts and Crafts style.C urrent U sageThe Boettcher Mansions current use is three-fold: its main (and economic) function is as an events center enormously popular as a wedding site as well as a conference center for private and public use. Its lesser known function is as a home to the Colorado Arts and Crafts Society, which owns and exhibits an extensive collection of furniture appropriate to the Arts and Crafts period (1895-1920), as well as a browsing library for Arts and Crafts enthusiasts. While it is not known if Charles Boettcher truly intended to emphasize the Arts and Crafts style throughout the home, details unmistakeably related to the style are apparent throughout the home: the Inglenook replace in the Grand Hall; the massive stone arches; the gargoyles in the notched timber beams; the thick wooden doors with heavy hardware; and the original wrought iron xtures.13


2008 Historical Studies Journal 23 Boettcher Mansion is also a noted historic destination, with guided tours offered to schools as well as individual groups. The mansion prides itself on being self-sustaining, with its social events and conference bookings bringing in sufcient revenue to support its own expenditures.14 Boettcher Mansion continues to be a place of historic signicance, representing not only the style of an architectural movement, but the vision of a man. Although (Charles) Boettcher and his family are renowned for their multiple contributions to the economic and social welfare of Colorado around the turn of the century, theyve left behind an architectural legacy as well.15


P refaceWhen I was a child, I had the privilege of being part of something special, though I did not realize it at the time. My family moved to Colorado when I was seven (1989), so that my father, Dr. Norman Provizer, could be a professor of political science at the Metropolitan State College of Denver. Prior to his arrival, the Golda Meir House made its arrival on the Auraria Campus and Dr. Provizer quickly became involved with the establishment, and indirectly so did the rest of the family. I remember being told that we were going to the Golda Meir House for an event, although it was never actually to go to just enjoy the happenings of the event. Instead I would walk to the house carrying hand soap, toilet paper, and towels, and my mother would be schlepping bagels, spread, serving platters, and plastic utensils (in fact, the basement still has a few of her serving pieces). It took a number of years (approximately 18) before I realized what my father had been doing. Although he was not involved with the Golda Meir House from the very start, Norman Provizer has inuenced the scope of uses for a historic home. In this paper, I wish to explore the preservation of the Golda Meir House and how that effort has led to an innovative way to utilize a landmarked building. Above: Golda Meir HouseAnnette GrayJennifer Provizer received her bachelors degree in History from Colorado College. She is currently a UC Denver graduate student, pursuing a major in Intellectual History with a minor in Public History. Her familys involvement in the Golda Meir Center for Political Leadership that is connected to the Golda Meir House led her to write this paper for the Historic Preservation Seminar held during the fall of 2007. THE G OLDA ME IR HOU SE : Museum, Conference Center, and Center for Political LeadershipJennifer Provizer


26 Jennifer Provizer THE G OLDA ME IR HOU SE G olda M eir Her time in D enver, C oloradoIt was in Denver that my real education began Golda Meir, My LifeAfter serving as the Minister of Labor and Foreign Minister, Golda Meir (1898 1978) became Prime Minister of Israel on March 17, 1969. Meir became the third woman of the 20th century to emerge as a leader of a nation. In 1906, she moved with her mother and sisters to join her father in America. The family settled in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Golda entered school as a second grader, and quickly became the top student in her class. For Golda, education was an important part of life, and she planned to attend high school and become a teacher. Her parents were not supportive of this idea, because they would prefer their daughter marry. Instead of following her parents will, Golda, at age 14, ran away to Denver, Colorado to live with her sister Sheyna Korngold and her husband Shamai Korngold. Though she only lived in Denver for a short time, it was an important time in her life. As she noted in her autobiography, My Life it was in Denver that her real education began. Dr. Provizer pointed out that the house on Julian Street acted as an informal gathering place of Jewish intellectuals who would spend evenings drinking tea and discussing ideas. In her autobiography, Meir recalled being, Fascinated by the people who used to drop into their home and sit around talking till late at night. I found the endless discussions about politics much more interesting than any of my lessons. Sheynas small apartment had become a kind of center in Denver for the Jewish immigrants from Russia. Some were anarchists, some were socialists, and some were socialist Zionists. These questioning young intellectuals all were uprooted and they all were passionately and vitally concerned with the major issues of the day They drank cup after cup of tea with lemon. I blessed those rounds of tea because I managed to stay up most nights by volunteering to disinfect the cups afterward.1 Golda Meir insisted that the time spent in her sisters house was pivotal in the development of her political philosophy. She also acknowledged that this time led to her decision to immigrate to Palestine.2 The house was not only a living place for Golda Meir, but importantly it was the site of the maturation of her personal and political growth.3 Her brief presence in Denver became the background of a movement to preserve her memory by struggling to preserve the house she once lived in.


2008 Historical Studies Journal 27 T he D enver HouseIt was in Denver, at the home of her sister Sheyna, that she really cemented her whole concept and passion about Zionism Ralph Martin, Golda Meir: The Romantic YearsThe Golda Meir House moved to the Auraria Campus in September of 1988, after seven tumultuous years, including two separate moves from its original site, several threats of demolition, and several acts of vandalism. In 1996, Owen Chariton, a former student at the University of Colorado Denver (UC Denver) who now teaches history at Metropolitan State College of Denver, did a case study of the Golda Meir House. He created a wonderful account of the journey of the house from its original location to the Auraria Campus. In 1981, Jean May, while doing research for a cookbook, learned of the address of the house that Golda lived in.4 At the time, the Denver Boys Club owned the building, which was scheduled for demolition to make way for new tennis courts. Bill Cope, executive director of the Boys Club, learned of the buildings history and agreed to work with neighborhood groups to save the structure. The Boys Club still wanted that property and it seemed as though the house could not be saved and kept in its same location. A group of concerned citizens formed the Committee to Save Goldas Home (CSGH), a non-prot organization, and fundraising began. Jean May estimated that the cost of moving the house would be around $100,000. May strongly believed that the money could be raised, and the Denver City Council agreed to delay the demolition. Money was slow coming in and the Council told the CSGH that demolition of the house would occur if the house was not moved by March 1982. As the deadline approached, there was still a shortage of money. It looked as though the funds would not be raised in time. Fortunately, CSGH was able to strike a deal with the Audubon Society. The structure would be moved to Habitat Park, on Platte River Drive and West Exposition, and be used as ofces and a nature museum, as well as serving as the Golda Meir Museum. Along with this agreement, the Denver City Council granted $30,000 in Community Development Funds to the CSGH. On Sunday, April 18, 1982 the house was relocated. Sadly, a dispute quickly erupted between the Audubon Society and the CSGH over renovations costs. The city voted to void the contract with the Audubon Society, and the house sat in the park on steel girders and continued to deteriorate. The situation was further complicated by continual argument over whether or not the structure should remain in the park; Joe Shoemaker of the Greenway Foundation was the overseer of development in South Platte Valley. He discerned that the building was inappropriate, and should be removed immediately. It was then that the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) became involved. The organization argued that the building should remain in its current location and be used as an activity center for the veterans and other handicapped groups. It was not until November of 1984 that the involved parties reached a new agreement on the


28 Jennifer Provizer THE G OLDA ME IR HOU SE house. The City of Denver and the PVA signed a new lease on the house, which was to be moved a few blocks away to Sanderson Gulch Park at Louisiana Avenue and South Lipan Street. The City agreed to contribute $30,000 of the estimated $100,000 needed for the second move. During this time two concerned Denver citizens, Mel and Esther Cohen became actively involved in the houses dilemma. In 1983, the CSGH became the Golda Meir Memorial Association (GMMA) and the Cohens took charge of the situation. They worked hard to raise public awareness and funds for the Golda Meir house. In order to relocate the house, the Cohens and the GMMA were responsible for raising the additional $70,000 needed.5 A day after the agreement to relocate the house, an arsonist set the house ablaze. The interior suffered smoke damage, but it was determined that the structural integrity of the house was intact and that the home should be moved as planned. On Saturday, July 13, 1985, the house moved to its new location, 1236 West Louisiana Avenue. And in an ironic twist of fate, that same night it was the target of vandals once again. Though the incident was ugly it did create a national stage for the Golda Meir House and its predicament, and media groups, such as USA Today, ran articles about the house and showed photos of the defaced building. The City of Denver began to think the house was a potential liability for them, especially in its weakened condition. With a change in administration, the support from the Mayors ofce diminished and, in January of 1987, the GMMA received an ultimatum that required meeting the stipulations of the Building Inspectors Report on the house within thirty days, or else the house would be demolished.6 The Cohens and the GMMA led a last-minute lawsuit in the Denver District Court on February 13, 1987, arguing that one of the members of the Board of Appeals had a prejudiced attitude against the house. The suit requested that the GMMA be given six months to bring the structure to code and nd a proper, permanent location for the building. The lawsuit went in favor of the GMMA and demolition was postponed for the requested six months. The GMMA, in collaboration with the City and County of Denvers Community Development Agency, actively sought proposals to develop and manage the house. Luckily, the Auraria Higher Education Center (AHEC) looked into the possibility of bringing the structure to the Auraria campus. On October 1, 1987, the Auraria Foundation voted to authorize a feasibility study to see if the house should be relocated to the campus. In order to move the structure, the Foundation wanted to make sure the house had historical signicance, was architecturally suitable for the Ninth Street Historic Park, and that there was the ability to gain funds to help with restoration. Although the deadline called for moving the home in October, the GMMA led another lawsuit and were granted an additional ten months so that the Auraria Foundation could make a decision. During this time, Larry Ambrose was the Development Director of AHEC and took the lead role in the feasibility study. He drafted the study in which he discussed the importance of relocating Denver homes to the campus to help save them from demolition. He then focused on the Golda Meir house. He concluded the building


2008 Historical Studies Journal 29 met the requirements of the Foundation. Ambrose estimated the costs for moving, remodeling, and landscaping of the house to be $160,000. He asserted that if half the sum of the project could be raised within a months time, the Foundation Board would approve of the project and provide the permanent location of the house. The GMMA, who had previously struggled with the Jewish community to help with the project, continued to set meetings and ask for nancial assistance. Finally, after many years and ten meetings, the Allied Jewish Federation agreed to pledge $10,000. Owen Chariton suggested that this agreement was the rst major show of public support for the house and led to additional nancial supports. The pledge from the Allied Jewish Federation broke the ice, and led to additional pledges including a personal check from Mayor Federico Pea, and a check from the Gates Foundation.7 With intensive campaigning, the GMMA raised the money by the June 1 deadline and graciously sold the house to the Auraria Foundation for ten dollars. Though the Auraria Foundation now owned the house, there was still concern over moving it for a third time. The structure had been sitting, neglected, in the Sanderson Gulch Park, and there was doubt that it could be moved successfully. However, on Sunday, September 25, 1988, the house was moved to its new location. Chariton delightfully noted that at 2:00 a.m the house inched its way north on Kalamath Street. The Cohens and other dedicated members of the GMMA followed closely and retrieved the bricks that fell from the back wall.8With the house settled, the Auraria Foundation submitted its application to the Denver Landmark Preservation Commission in 1994 (more than 10 years after the house was rst noticed). With the help of Rosemary Fetter, a history student at UC Denver and AHEC staff member, the structure was landmarked. Interestingly, on the application, only the historical importance criterion was checked and discussed. Yet, without noticeable architectural and geographic importance, the Golda Meir house received landmark status. The Auraria Foundation immediately set out to restore the inside of the building. It is important to note that prior to the grant request there was signicant work done on the restoration of the exterior of the house. As noted in the State Historical Fund application, numerous contributors, both private and public, gave money toward the renovation of the exterior. Approximately $130,000 was raised and spent on stabilizing the house, repairing the foundation and exterior walls, replacing the roof, landscaping the perimeter and painting the trim. The Auraria Foundation hoped to receive money to restore the interior of the Golda Meir house and enable it to open as a museum, conference center and academic facility. Work needed to be done on the walls, ceiling, oor, interior nishes and mechanical and electrical work.9 In 1994, the Golda Meir house received a $95,000 grant from the State Historical Fund to complete interior restoration of the house. Mary Ferrell, the Executive Director of the Auraria Foundation, stated, Its particularly appropriate that this house is here on the Auraria Campus. Golda Meir had few resources, yet she came to this simple home in order to complete her education and went on to change the world. Perhaps others will be inspired to do the same.10


30 Jennifer Provizer THE G OLDA ME IR HOU SE T he D evelopment of the M useum, C onference C enter and the C enter for P olitical L eadershipThis modest house will allow us to explore the imperfect art of leadership. Dr. Norman Provizer, Interview 12/01/2007On Colorado Day, 1997, Governor Roy Romer dedicated the new Golda Meir House Museum and Political Leadership Center, but the museum and center began long before this date, in what turns out to be a somewhat complex and confusing story. In 1981, State Senator Dennis Gallagher went to the original location of the Golda Meir House. He recalled, The rst day I saw the place, I crawled under the construction fence to go in.11 While inside the house, former Senator Gallagher snooped around and found many relics that later became a part of the museum. Under the many layers of paint, he noticed on the doorpost, a mezuzah, which he believed to be an original xture of the Golda house.12 At the very beginning, people involved in the plight of the Golda Meir House intended for half of the structure to be used as a museum, and in 1996, it was nally and ofcially accomplished. The museum is located on the 1606 side of the duplex where Golda lived. The living room and bedroom act as exhibit space, and the kitchen and bathroom have been restored in a manner consistent with its appearance when Golda lived in the house. Dr. Norman Provizer, professor of political science and director of the Golda Meir Center, points out that the museum contains artifacts found in the house during renovation. The photos on display are from a variety of sources, including family, and the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Library and Archives. From years of deterioration and vandalism, little of the original features and furniture remain. The only original piece of furniture in the house is the bathtub. The House contains representational furniture from the period, purchased with contributions raised over the years,13 plus a period kitchen stove on loan from the Colorado Historical Society. Members of the Auraria community felt that there should be programming connected to the Golda Meir House and Museum. Dr. Provizer thought that a program would bring additional life to the house and get the student population involved, and in 1989 he proposed to start a center as a program of Metro State run by Auraria. On December 1, 2007, for the rst time in my life, I sat down with my father and asked him about his involvement with the Golda Meir House. He started by emphasizing that at the time there was no money, just an idea. So, instead of worrying about the nancial aspects, he just thought about the possibility of a center as a learning facility for the students. Being in connection with the Golda Meir House, Dr. Provizer knew that the center should have something to do with her. He went through many possibilities and nally decided to focus on leadership, in the broadest sense. We went with leadership because it was practical. There was already a Womens Center; the University of Denver has numerous programs in Jewish studies and Middle-East Centers. It seemed foolish to try to be another program in one of those areas.14 So they came up with the Golda Meir Center for Political Leadership.


2008 Historical Studies Journal 31 The purpose of the Center is to expand public understanding of the important role of leadership at all levels of political and civic life, from community affairs to transnational relations.15 He also wanted the Center to provide programming that tied into the historic home, and represented Golda Meir. Dr Provizer commented that, Golda comes from poor country, and was twice an emigrant and still moves on to become a prime minister. This lays the theme in purpose. Leadership does not have boundaries connected to class, gender, race or religion. And that it can emerge from most unlikely of places.16 With an exciting prospect for programming, Dr. Provizer was challenged to nd the best way to tie in the Center with the house. He stated: We thought the best thing to do was to work cooperatively with AHEC and the museum and conference room. We thought that if we could raise money, Metro State could buy the garden level of the house and that would be the space for the Golda Center. It makes things a little complicated because the museum and conference room are run by Auraria and the basement is run by the Center. So we ended up with a basement, but still needed money, because the interior of the house was a mess.17 Luckily, Mort Perry, a part-time professor at the time, was able to donate money in order to start the renovation of the basement. The money went toward simple things, like a ceiling, a rug, and wallboard to make an actual physical space for the Center. At the same time, the Center decided to work closely with AHEC to get money for house renovations. Instead of focusing on just the Center, Dr. Provizer thought it would be best to get the house together as a whole. Although the basement was not completed, Dr. Provizer did not wait to start with programming. We had a name and a basement, and that was it, Dr. Provizer recalled. We didnt ask for money. We didnt want to sit around and wait to see if it was nancially possible. We wanted to start a track record and perhaps from that people would see what we did and get involved nancially.18 Before the renovations were completed, the Golda Meir Center for Political Leadership hosted a range of speakers, operating under the assumption that a breakthrough would occur.19 Dr. Provizer remembered with a smile: There was nothing in the basement. We were on a constant scavenger hunt. Whenever we heard that a department was getting rid of things, we would call them up and go over and take what we needed. We would walk through campus carrying tables. When Vartans Jazz Club went out of business, we arranged to buy the chairs at a very good price. So we had chairs and tables; they didnt match, and those chairs were uncomfortable. We also picked up a podium from somewhere.20


32 Jennifer Provizer THE G OLDA ME IR HOU SE The lack of continuous nancial support has in no way deterred the Center from running numerous activities, but as Dr. Provizer notes, everything is done with great concern of nances.21 In continuation of working cooperatively with AHEC, the Center, and specically Dr. Provizer, helps support the Golda House Museum by working with tour groups that come to visit. He also works with AHEC on outreach programs, to continue getting the word out about this small house and all it has to offer. The Golda Meir Center for Political Leadership also brings in a variety of speakers to cover a wide range of subjects. Because the department works with little nancial resources, Dr. Provizer sees who is speaking at other events and calls to see if the speaker has a little time to stop by the campus and talk with the students. Most often, Dr. Provizer checks to see who is planning on speaking at the Tattered Cover. He comments that, this process has worked surprisingly well.22 Recently the Center started hosting conferences. In 2000, it hosted the annual international meeting of the Association of Third World Studies. The Center has also been the site of conferences on topics including: Cultural and Political Leadership in Africa; American Indian Leadership; Reparations in America; the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights at 50; Native Americans Today; and Cuban-Jewish Artists. Early on, the Center decided to focus on the arts and humanities as well as politics and public affairs. The Center not only brings in speakers on political issues, but also works to bring in people from the humanities. The basement has been known to be a temporary place for artists to exhibit their work. Norman Provizer notes that this side of the Center ofcially honors Golda Meirs husband, Morris Myerson. Morris had the sensibility and sensitivity of art, which Golda admitted she lacked. The love of arts continues in her family. Her son, Menachem, is a cellist, and her daughter Sara married a potter. Neither child is involved in politics. In 1998, to honor the centennial of Goldas birth, the Center created an annual leadership award. The award is given to those who are signicant players not only in politics and public affairs, but in the arts as well. The award itself is made up of a piece of the original oorboard of the Denver house and inscribed with words of Meir, I can honestly say that I was never affected by the question of the success of an undertaking. If I felt it was the right thing to do, I was for it regardless of the possible outcome. The award, to date, has been presented to: (1998) (1999) (2000) Gold Medal Carlotta Walls LaNier (2001) Golda's Balcony (2003)


2008 Historical Studies Journal 33 lm Hotel Rwanda (2005) The Golda Meir Center has also become a resource for those interested in Golda Meir. Lifetime television did a documentary on Golda Meir and contacted the house to gain information and nd materials. When the documentary was completed, the materials gathered by Lifetime, and a copy of the nal product were given to the house. Tova Feldshuh, the actress who played Golda Meir in Goldas Balcony on Broadway, visited the house and Dr. Provizer to ask questions about Golda and to get a better sense of her character. Dr. Provizer also receives phone calls from individuals or companies who want to use a picture of Golda for advertisement purposes and want permission to use the image. Dr. Provizer does not have authorization to release images, but will refer requests to the Meir family. Dr. Provizer acknowledges that he receives a lot of calls on this matter. I get calls from schools who want to change the name to Meir. Recently, I received a message from a man who is starting a chain of coffee shops in New York and would like to call it Goldas and use an image of her.23 In this sense, the Center has become a liaison between the Meir family and the public. With the growing number of speakers and events, Dr. Provizer maintains that the primary audience of the Center is the students. When we set out to create programming as a part of the Golda House our focus was on our students, and while the events are generally open to the public, the Center does not make a serious effort to publicize outside of the student body.24 Although the tumultuous days of the Golda Meir House are over, and my mom and I no longer need to bring food and paper products to the house, there are still operational issues that need to be ironed out. Dr. Provizer would like to see the Golda Meir House Museum and Center for Political Leadership become more actively engaged in fundraising and community outreach projects. He also hopes that the Center will become directly involved with the curriculum at Metro State by creating a leadership minor within the political science department. Dr. Provizer, however, acknowledges the difculty lies in that the Golda House is not at the forefront of anyones mind. The people involved with the house have other primary jobs and responsibilities, and sometimes the house falls by the wayside.25 Even with these operational obstacles, Dr. Provizer, in cooperation with Metro State and AHEC, has instituted an innovative model for educational programming, inspired by a historic house.


Above: Wi-Jun-JonPostcard from the collection of Evelyn Waldron. Original in the Smithsonian American Art Museum.Evelyn Rae Stool Waldron is studying for her MA in Western History and she intends to develop her paper into her masters thesis about nineteenth century western artists. George Catlin has been an interest for the Stool family for forty years and Evelyn would like to dedicate this article to the memory of her father, Sylvan E. Stool, M.D. She wrote this paper for the Summer 2007 class, Western Art and Architecture. Mr. Catlin has contrived to bring before our eyes the fullness of the life of the Western Indians. The galleries illustrative of national character and antiquities which are to be found in London, Paris, Florence, and other cities, have been collected by the power of great kings; and the outlay of immense treasure. This is the work of a single individual, a man without fortune and without patronage, who created it with his own mind and hand, without aid and even against countenance; and who sustained the lonely toils of eight years in a region fearful and forbidding beyond conceptions of civilized life, in order to present his countrymen with a work which he knew they would one day value as the most remarkable thing they owned. He may point to his magnicent collection, which now receives the admiration of every eye, and say with honest pride, Alone I did it! (Philadelphia Saturday Courier, 1848)1 GE ORG E C ATLIN: Artist and Advocate of the American IndianEvelyn Rae Stool Waldron


36 Evelyn Rae Stool Waldron GE ORG E C ATLIN This article from the Saturday Courier described George Catlins Indian Gallery, an extraordinary collection of paintings that depicted the Indians of the Great Plains. The paintings in the collection included portraits of tribal leaders and their families, Indian ceremonies, buffalo hunts, villages and landscapes of the frontier. Indian artifacts such as clothing, baskets, pipes, weapons and a twelve-foot tipi also belonged to the collection. George Catlin was an artist and advocate of the American Indian. Painting was the means of his communication, documenting Indian culture was his mission. Catlin believed the Indians and their society would vanish and determined to paint them in their unspoiled western lands, thus snatching from oblivion what could be saved for the benet of posterity, and perpetuating it, as a fair and just monument, to the memory of a truly lofty and noble race.2 He hoped to secure patronage for his undertaking, sure that the government would want to support him. Failing to secure support, Catlin pushed on all the same. George Catlin took it upon himself to advocate for the Indians, to learn their customs and document their culture before they disappeared forever. He was not predestined to become an artist or an ethnographer where did he come from and what happened? George Catlin was born on July 26, 1796, to Putnam and Polly Catlin in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Putnam Catlin, who had fought in the American Revolution, was an attorney. George was the fth of fourteen children; he grew up on farms in the Susquehanna Valley and spent his days shing, hunting and digging up Indian artifacts in the elds. Writing about his childhood in later years Catlin wrote, The plows in my fathers elds were daily turning up Indian skulls or Indian bones, and Indian int arrow-heads.3 These artifacts were likely to be remnants of the Wyoming massacre of 1778. British Loyalists and Iroquois raided settlements in northern Pennsylvania, killing and kidnapping American patriots. Indians abducted Catlins mother Polly, at the age of seven, and his grandmother during the battle but did not hurt them. His mothers stories about the kindness of these Indians may have started to inuence the young George Catlin. Putnam Catlin took responsibility for the education of his boys and encouraged them to follow his lead and study law. Charles, the oldest brother, received his law education in Wilkes-Barre. Although George was showing signs of artistry, Putnam did not see painting as a career and persuaded George to go to law school. George entered the Litcheld Law School in Connecticut in July of 1817 at the age of twentyone. A month later Putnam wrote to George on August 4, 1817, You are now placed more favorably for study & the improvement of your mind than you could be at any other place in the United States. And the encouragement given me in your letter that you are resolved to prot what you can by it, is pleasing to me.4 Putnam also advised him to avoid allurements of vice by instantly thinking of him, home and his siblings to escape such temptations. Financial constraints limited Georges education in the law to one year, but he was admitted to the bar in Connecticut in September of 1818 and soon after in Wilkes-Barre. After practicing law for a few years, George Catlin sold his law library, bought paints and brushes, and left Wilkes-Barre for Philadelphia to pursue a career as an


2008 Historical Studies Journal 37 artist. George exhibited a talent for portraiture, specically miniatures painted on ivory. In the days before photography, miniature portraits were the only way to carry images of loved ones in a pocket or case. The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts admitted Catlin in 1824. After two years, he moved to New York, was admitted to the National Academy of Design in 1827, and continued to paint portraits. Catlins rst major commission came in 1828; he traveled to Albany to paint a portrait of Governor De Witt Clinton, and there he met Clara Gregory. George Catlin and Clara Gregory were married on May 10, 1828, much to the delight of his family. Putnam made the mistake of thinking that marriage would settle George down, writing to George on May 30, 1828, I will anticipate seeing you very happy as a husband, with a wife looking over your shoulder, encouraging and admiring the arts, rather than leading you by the heart-strings into the fashionable mazes of luxury and dissipation. You will now be more happy and composed, what is the world now to you? In your room, and in your little parlor by your own reside you will nd contentment and solace, no where else.5However, marrying and starting a family did not settle George down; he was more ambitious than ever. Witnessing the visit to Philadelphia of a delegation of western Indians, their noble and classic beauty captivated him. He was inspired. He would paint Indians. During the years 1830 to 1836, Catlin traveled and painted Indians. In 1830, Catlin headed west for St. Louis, meeting with William Clark, former explorer, now Superintendent of Indian Affairs. Catlin painted the tribes close to St. Louis for two years. On March 26, 1832, Catlin boarded the steamboat Yellow Stone, bound for the upper region of the Missouri River. Catlin disembarked at Fort Union, spending a month there painting various tribes. By mid July, he pushed off in a canoe to descend the Missouri, stopping at the American Fur Company post in Fort Clark for a month. By September, Catlin was at Fort Leavenworth, staying again for about a month and painting local tribes. Catlins rst trip into Indian Territory proved to be very productive; he produced about 170 paintings. His technique of dening the facial features while simply outlining the gure allowed him to work quickly; he nished the paintings in St. Louis. Many artists used similar methods, as traveling with full canvases on horseback or in canoes was very difcult. Catlin developed a trust and friendship with the Mandan Indians, who granted him unprecedented access to their religious ceremonies and sacred places. He was the rst white man to record the Mandan ceremony of O-kee-pa, a rite-of-passage torture ceremony, and to see the sacred pipestone quarry. His nal expedition was in 1836. Catlin had painted more than six hundred paintings and had collected thousands of artifacts. His paintings of the Mandan Indians were signicant, as most of them died of smallpox in two months of 1837. Of the 1600 tribal members, only thirty-one survived the epidemic. Elizabeth Wind Catlin, the rst of four children, was born to Clara and George Catlin in 1837. Three more children would follow, Clara Catlin born in 1839, Louise


38 Evelyn Rae Stool Waldron GE ORG E C ATLIN Catlin in 1841 and George Catlin, Jr. in 1843. With a growing family, George was continually worried about nances. In 1838, he tried to sell his Indian Gallery to Congress, who rejected it. While Catlins paintings showed the Indians to be beautiful, noble and peaceful people, Congress was not interested in such depiction. The Indian Removal Act was passed in 1830 giving the President power to negotiate with Indians east of the Mississippi for their land in exchange for land in the west. The Indians protested, and some Americans saw this act as brutal and unfair. Congress was concerned that Catlins portrait of Osceola, a Seminole chief, painted while Osceola and his warriors were imprisoned on South Carolina and days before the chief died, would create sympathy toward the Indians. The preservation of the Mandan culture in Catlins paintings and writings was valuable as the contamination of smallpox spread to the Mandan and other tribes by white fur traders, which was another secret Congress preferred to keep. Congress was not a customer in 1838, or later in 1846 and 1852. Putnam Catlin was sure that George had been in the right place at the right time and would prot from these unfortunate incidents, noting that George, was fortunate to get the portrait of Osceola just before his death, he has made a perfect lithograph of him which will be protable to him. He mourns the dreadful destiny of the Indian tribes by the smallpox, which report is veried, but unquestionable that shocking calamity will greatly increase the value of his enterprise & his works.6 Without patronage from the government, George had to nd other means of nancial support. This forced him to exhibit the Indian Gallery with a lecture series that evolved to include Indian performers. Catlin introduced the rst Wild West show, although later he was criticized as a huckster for exploiting American Indians. Several died while in his care. Catlin exhibited the Indian Gallery on the East Coast from 1837 to 1839. Over one hundred and forty paintings were displayed and the reviews were good. James Hall wrote enthusiastically in the Cincinnati Western Monthly Magazine We are glad that we have a native artist, who instead of carrying his talents to a foreign land, and blunting his sensibilities by the study of articial models, has had the good sense to train his taste in the school of nature, and the patriotism to employ his genius on subjects connected to his own country.7However, interest in the Indian Gallery waned, and Catlin set his sights on audiences across the Atlantic. In January of 1840, he arrived in London with eight tons of freight. The Indian Gallery included 485 paintings, a Crow tipi and several thousand items of Indian costume, weapons and utensils. On February 1, the exhibit opened to the public and was a decided hit.8 Catlin was thrilled with the response to the Gallery and his lectures; nally, he had some success. Unfortunately, he spent the admission income as quickly as it came in on overhead expenses. Clara and two of their daughters arrived in June, just as the attendance was dropping off. The exhibition never did more than break even and he made plans to take the exhibition to France. He added staged recreations of tribal dances and songs to the lectures, initially with white men dressed as Indians, and then later with Ojibwa and Iowa warriors. He published Letters and Notes on the Manners, Customs, and Conditions of the North American Indians, Written during Eight Years Travel (1832 1839) amongst the Wildest Tribes


2008 Historical Studies Journal 39 of Indians in North America in 1841, nancing it himself. The British and American press both wrote enthusiastically about Letters and Notes but, despite the favorable notices, it did not sell. Forced to have a publisher distribute it, Catlins hopes for any chance of prot vanished. Taking the Gallery and his family to France, Catlin again had initial success. Good reviews in the press, royal audiences with King Louis Philippe, and a commitment of gallery space in the Louvre were all promising. However, tragedy struck in the form of illness and death, and the French revolution of 1848. His wife Clara died in Paris of pneumonia in 1845 and George sent her body to New York for burial. After her death, George devoted his time, when not painting, to his children. Tragedy struck the family again when a typhoid epidemic hit Paris in 1847, and George, Jr. died at the age of four. His body was also sent to New York, to be buried next to his mother. Catlin wrote of this in his publication, Catlins Notes in Europe The remains of this dear little fellow were sent to New York, as a lovely ower to be planted by the grave of his mother, and thus were my pleasures and peace in Paris ended.9King Louis Philippe had commissioned fteen paintings from Catlin. However, deposed by the revolution in 1848, King Louis Philippe and Queen Marie Amlie left the country. Consequently, the king never paid for the paintings. Catlin and his three daughters returned to London and Catlin gave lectures wherever he could nd an audience. Again, he tried to persuade Congress to purchase the Indian Gallery because he believed his collection belonged in America. Poor business decisions had made it necessary for him to borrow against the Gallery and he was concerned he would have to sell it to a collector in Europe and it would be lost to America forever. In 1852, Congress again voted against purchasing the Gallery, the bill was defeated by two votes. George was in desperate straits; far over his head in debt, creditors had him arrested and sent to debtors prison. Claras brother, Dudley Gregory, came to London to take the three little girls back to America. Joseph Harrison, Jr., a Philadelphia businessman, purchased the Indian Gallery, quietly paid off Catlins debts, and shipped the Gallery to Philadelphia. George left London, returned to Paris and then departed for South America. While in his personally imposed exile, Catlin reproduced much of the Indian Gallery from memory. These paintings, called Catlins Indian Cartoons, included hundreds of paintings of North and South American Indian life. Late in 1870, George Catlin returned to the United States to be reunited with his daughters. He opened an exhibit of the Cartoon Collection in New York City, ever hopeful that Congress would purchase his collection. However, there was little interest in Indian paintings, attendance was poor, the exhibition closed and the paintings were put in storage. Joseph Henry, Director of the Smithsonian Institution and an old friend of Catlins from Albany, invited him to hang his collection in the National Museum in Washington. He moved to Washington in 1871 and arranged his cartoon collection in a gallery at the Smithsonian, sure that members of Congress would see his paintings, understand their value and acquire them for the country. Given a room in one of the towers of the Smithsonian, Catlin spent his days in the gallery waiting for members


40 Evelyn Rae Stool Waldron GE ORG E C ATLIN of Congress to visit. This was as close as he came to his lifes dream. In October 1872, Joseph Henry wrote to Dudley Gregory that Catlin was not well. He stopped working, shipped his paintings to Jersey City, and followed them there to be with his daughters during his nal illness. In his article, Kipling Buis wrote, One account states that he had Brights disease, another that he had much pain but suffered in silence as an Indian might.10 His greatest anxiety was to know what would happen to his Indian Gallery. Catlin died on December 23, 1872, age seventy-seven. He was buried next to his wife and son in Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York. George Catlins intentions for his Indian Gallery had been the documentation of a vanishing people. In 1824, when Catlin witnessed the Indian delegation visit to Philadelphia, the status of Native Americans as citizens of the United States was tenuous and confused; the condition of their civil rights could be described as hypocrisy at best. Mrs. Frances Trollop, a visitor to the United States in 1827, made the following observation, They inveigh against the governments of Europe, because, as they say, they favour the powerful and oppress the weak. You may hear this declaimed upon in Congress, roared out in taverns, discussed in every drawing-room, satirized upon the stage, nay, even anathematized from the pulpit: listen to it, and then look at them at home; you will see them with one hand hoisting the cap of liberty, and with the other ogging their slaves. You will see them one hour lecturing their mob on the indefeasible rights of man, and the next driving from their homes the children of the soil, whom they have bound themselves to protect by the most solemn treaties.11 Mrs. Trollop referred to slavery and the removal of the Native Americans from their lands as two of Americas darkest moments. Catlins painting of an Assiniboine warrior illustrated the destiny of the Indians and the story of Wi-Jun-Jon, the warrior, mirrored Catlins experience. The Assiniboine were one of the tribes making their home on the upper Missouri when Catlin rst encountered them in 1830. In December of 1831, he painted his rst portrait of Wi-Jun-Jon, dressed in his native costume, which was classic and exceedingly beautiful.12 Selected to represent his tribe, Wi-Jun-Jon joined a delegation visiting Washington in the winter of 1832. Catlin was in St. Louis when the delegation passed through on its way to Washington. While in St. Louis, Wi-Jun-Jon reluctantly consented to have his portrait painted. The painting depicted a serious, distinguished warrior, dressed in goatskin decorated with porcupine quills and scalps. In Washington, Wi-Jun-Jon acted as a spokesman for both his tribe and the delegation; he was the rst to speak, the rst to shake the Presidents hand, and the rst to attract the ladies. He saw the cities of the East, the forts, society and art. In the spring, the delegation returned to Missouri. Catlin joined the delegation in St. Louis as they returned to their own home on the steamboat Yellow Stone As the steamboat departed, Wi-Jun-Jon appeared on deck dressed in a military uniform of blue broadcloth trimmed with gold lace and epaulets, presented to him by the


2008 Historical Studies Journal 41 President. He wore boots, a sword, white kid gloves, and a high-crowned beaver hat decorated with a red feather. A large silver medal hung from his neck, and he carried a blue umbrella and a fan. He had also received a gift of a keg of whiskey. Catlin described the condition of the warrior, In this fashion was poor Wi-Jun-Jon metamorphosed, on his return from Washington; in this plight was he strutting and whistling Yankee Doodle, about the deck of the steamer that was wending its way up the mighty Missouri, and taking him to his native land again 13Wi-Jun-Jon arrived home and shared the story of his travels with the members of his tribe. His stories and observations were so far beyond the comprehension of his people that they determined he must be a liar. He has been, among the whites, who are great liars, and all he has learned is to come home and tell lies.14 Unfortunately, the other member of the tribe who made the journey with Wi-Jun-Jon died on the way home, and was unable to verify his stories. Once an upstanding, respected warrior, Wi-Jun-Jon developed a new reputation, one of a crazy person due to the astonishing tales he told. Fear of his abilities became great and one of the young men of the tribe assassinated him. Catlin wrote of Wi-Jun-Jons fate, thus ended the days and the greatness, and the pride and hopes of Wi-Jun-Jon, the Pigeons Egg Head, a warrior and a brave of the valiant Assiniboine, who traveled eight thousand miles to see the President, and all the great cities of the civilized world; and who, for telling the truth, and nothing but the truth, was, after he got home, disgraced and killed for a wizard.15 Catlin used Wi-Jun-Jons tale to tell a story of ignorance and intolerance. People often do not believe what they do not understand; the Indian culture was new and exotic when Catlin started to paint in 1830. Catlin wrote in Letters and Notes Letter No. 1, I am fully convinced, from long familiarity with these people, that the Indians misfortune has consisted chiey in our ignorance of their true native character and disposition, which has always held us at a distrustful distance from them; inducing us to look upon them in no other light than that of a hostile foe, and worthy only of that system of continued warfare and abuse that has been for ever waged against them.16His detractors accused Catlin of romanticizing the Indians, of downplaying their savage nature. Catlin disputed the popular perception of the adjective savage when he argued, The very use of the word savage, as it is applied in its general sense, I am inclined to believe is an abuse of the word, and the people to whom it is applied. The word, in its true denition, means no more than wild or wild man; and a wild man may have been endowed by his Maker with all the humane and noble traits that inhabit the heart of a tame man. Our ignorance and dread or fear of these people, therefore, have given a new denition to the adjective; and nearly the whole civilized world apply the word savage, as expressive of the most ferocious, cruel, and murderous character that can be described.17


42 Evelyn Rae Stool Waldron GE ORG E C ATLIN Catlin, like Wi-Jun-Jon, returned to his native land with stories, paintings and artifacts that challenged the imagination. His decision to leave his law practice and then his established art career to become the historian of the American Indian was as brave as Wi-Jun-Jons participation in the Indian Delegation. Catlin documented a nal look at American Indians living on their own lands, celebrating their own religion and way of life prior to contact with Euro-American culture. He painted each person as an individual, with respect for their humanity; he did not paint them as stereotyped Indians. His portraits captured their beauty and documented the ethnology of the Indian tribes. He endeavored to paint and record all aspects of the Indian society. The religious ceremonies of the Mandan Indians were so brutal that some questioned the veracity of the paintings and accused Catlin of embellishing the truth. Henry Schoolcraft, congressional historian in 1853, indicated that he thought Catlins description of the ritual was false. Catlin believed this might have given Congress a reason to reject the purchase of his Indian Gallery. He enlisted support from Prince Maximilian of Neuwied, who had followed Catlins route to Fort Union in 1833. Maximilian and Catlin were of like mind in reference to the fate of the Indians, and he substantiated Catlins description of the O-kee-pa ceremony. Prince Maximilians credibility conrmed Catlins observations, unlike Wi-Jun-Jons unfortunate experience, since his traveling companion died on the way home from Washington. Thomas Donaldson, a collector for the Smithsonian, became aware of the Catlin Gallery through his friendship with John McIlvain, a taxidermist in Philadelphia. Mrs. Harrison gave some of the Catlin artifacts to McIlvan, who was himself a collector of North American Indian artifacts, when he inspected the collection for her in 1872, after Catlins death. Following the death of Joseph Harrison, Jr., his widow, Sarah Poulterer Harrison, donated the collection to the Smithsonian in May of 1879. After twenty-seven years of storage in Mr. Harrisons boiler plant in Philadelphia, the Gallery was at home in the Smithsonian. Donaldson was given the task of packing up the collection and sending it to Washington. Donaldson undertook a great task; the materials were estimated to weigh 3500 pounds. Donaldson reported that he packed up 450 paintings and much buckskin and fur.18 The Smithsonian exhibited the collection in 1886 and then dispersed the items to various locations and museums in the Smithsonian. The size of the collection may have necessitated this; the bulk of it was contained in the Hall of Arts and Industries. In September 2002, curators reassembled George Catlins Indian Gallery, and it is again open to the public at the Smithsonians Renwick Gallery. The collection hangs in the Grand Salon exhibited in the same manner as on its tours in England and Europe. The Indian Gallery is now on view indenitely. Catlins Cartoon Collection remained in the family until 1909, when Elizabeth Catlin loaned it to the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York. The AMNH purchased the Collection the following year. Catlins publications described cultures that would have been lost to future generations. An advocate on behalf of the American Indian, George Catlin had the foresight to document their cultures at a time in American history when the government


2008 Historical Studies Journal 43 was trying to dehumanize Indians in an effort to deal with them politically. He painted during a period when Indians received treatment as a historical phenomenon that would pass into history just as other ancient civilizations had. He undertook this enormous task at his own expense, without a patron or government support. Having to make a living, he had no other choice than to market the Indian Gallery through exhibitions of his work and lectures about the Indians. Detractors criticized him and referred to him as a huckster for staging Wild West shows, but his real desire was to educate people about American Indian culture. He was really very much ahead of his time; museums of the day did not include such multi-media events. The impact of George Catlins work is far-reaching. The Indian Gallery is a study of a people, as well as a work of art, and his paintings are an important cultural and ethnographic visual record of the indigenous peoples of the United States. The Indian Gallery is nally at home at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, exhibited in the Renwick Gallery, as Catlin would have wanted it to be; a lasting history of the Native American cultures saved for the benet of posterity, and perpetuating it, as a fair and just monument, to the memory of a truly lofty and noble race. George Catlin19


Above: Elmira Cornet BandLibrary of Congress Prints and Photographs DivisionLance Westfall, a Public History major who is also working on his Historic Preservation Certicate, wrote this paper for Dr. Fells class, Civil War and Reunion HIST 5212. He attributes his interest in American History, and especially military history, to his prior service in the Navy. After graduation, Lance would like to get a job working in historic preservation, with either the federal government or an environmental consulting agency.The Confederate General Robert E. Lee once stated, I dont believe we can have an army without music.1 This sentiment would not only represent the Confederacy, but that of the Union as well in the United States Civil War. The American Civil War inspired countless war hymns, marches, and melodic songs, designed to entertain the populace and inspire the armies. Each side of the war had composers and poets that would write catchy lyrics and pleasant melodies that were easy for all to sing, and many times, if the tune was popular enough, it would be adopted for both the Union and Confederacy. In some songs, whether written to be patriotic or political, the composer of the piece would try to convey the ideologies and emotions of the time that would rally a nation in one voice. Soldiers would use the songs to march in unison, build morale and to ght off the boredom between battles. During the U.S. Civil War, songs such as: The First Gun is Fired! May God Protect the Right!; Battle-Cry of Freedom; and The Battle Hymn of the Republic reected not only the patriotism of the Union, but also gave meaning to the war and a sense of righteousness to the soldiers and the population in the North. P ATRIOTIC U NION SONG S of the U.S. Civil WarLance C. Westfall


46 Lance C. Westfall P ATRIOTIC U NION SONG S There were many composers of music and songduring the Civil War, but one of the more distinguished composers was George F. Root. George Root was an educator and publisher of music. It is not certain if he was or was not an abolitionist, but he was a very sincere patriot who strongly opposed the dissolution of the Union. Root was responsible for at least 28 pro-Union songs such as The First Gun is Fired! May God Protect the Right! and The Battle-Cry of Freedom. In 1897, Charles A. Dana, the editor of the New York Sun wrote a commentary about Root stating, George Root did more to preserve the Union than a great many brigadier generals, and quite as much as some brigades.2 Root would later write in his autobiography, The Story of a Musical Life, At every event, and in all the circumstances that followed, where I thought a song would be welcome, I wrote one.3 This must have been his motivation on at least two different occasions, the rst being on 12 April 1861. Shortly after hearing the news of the shelling of Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina that signaled the beginning of the war, he penned his rst patriotic song, The First Gun is Fired! May God Protect the Right! The song appeared in print four days later.4 President Lincolns second call for troops in the summer of 1862 inspired the second song of note, The Battle-Cry of Freedom. The First Gun is Fired! May God Protect the Right! is a rousing call to the free-born men of the North to rise in the name of sacred freedoms right and preserve the Union. In the rst verse, Root implores the listener with the questions: Shall the glorious Union our fathers made, By ruthless hands be sunderd? And we of freedoms sacred rights By traitrous foes be plunderd? He then puts forth a rallying cry in the chorus: Arise, arise, arise! And gird ye for the ght And let our watch-word ever be May God protect the right.5The fervor expressed in the chorus clearly conveyed the sentiment that the cause of the North was a righteous one. A report of a mass meeting where 10,000 people sang the song after taking the oath of fealty for the Union conrmed the songs effectiveness in capturing the sentiment felt in the North.6On 11 January 1861, an editorial in the New York Herald stated Good martial, national music is one of the advantages we have over the rebels.7 The Battle-Cry of Freedom not only was one of the most popular patriotic Union songs of the Civil War, but also a good example of the above statement. The success of this song lays with the melody and lyrics because it not only appealed to civilians, but to soldiers as well. The song was easy to learn and adapted to various situations. George F. Roots rst rendition was a call to the Union to rally around the ag, ll the ranks of the [Union Army] with a million freemen, and not a man shall be a slave.8 Interestingly enough,


2008 Historical Studies Journal 47 Root deposited the song for copyright on 26 September 1862.9 This was four days after President Lincolns Emancipation Proclamation speech. Whether the timing was coincidental or planned by Root, the release of this song had positive effects for the Union Army in the border state of Tennessee, as recorded by Colonel Henry Stone. Colonel Stone wrote an account of his experience that Century Magazine published in December of 188710 and, upon his death, the account appeared in the New York Times on 21 February 1896.11Colonel Stones account started with the Battle of Stones River, fought near Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The battle ended on 3 January 1863 with the Confederate Army retreating from the area. However, the Emancipation Proclamation that took effect on 1 January 1863 overshadowed the Union victory. President Lincolns Proclamation stated, That all persons held as slaves are, and henceforward shall be, free and that the military and naval authorities of the United States will recognize and maintain the freedom of such persons.12 It was during this time that Colonel Stone noted that dissension started among the ranks of the ofcers from Kentucky and Tennessee. In a single regiment, one ofcer had persuaded his fellow ofcers to resign their commissions, arguing that the Proclamation had changed the character of the war, from preserving the Union to abolishing slavery. The ofcers used this to argue that the Proclamation had changed the terms of their contracts; therefore, they should be able to leave the service because they no longer agreed with the focus of the war. Eventually, under pressure, all but the original and instigating ofcer retracted their requests. The original ofcer was then discharged from the army in disgrace.13 During this time, morale of the army in the region was very low, but it was about to change. A glee club from Chicago came to the camp singing a new song called The Battle-Cry of Freedom. The catchy tune and lyrics spread through the camp quickly, but two lines from the lyrics really built up the morale. Well welcome to our numbers the loyal, true and brave, and although he may be poor, he shall never be a slave.14 Colonel Stone went on to state, The army at once became a unit on the great question of freedom, of which this lyric is well named the Battle Cry. 15Subsequent versions of the lyrics that followed were to rally the troops on the battleeld and to get people to vote in the 1864 election. The song played at virtually all events in the Union, from the announcement of President Lincoln winning a second term, to General Lees surrender.16 The Battle-Cry of Freedom was a perfect example of the patriotic and righteous emotions the Union had towards their cause in the war. The tune that would later become the favorite of the Union for both civilian and soldier alike had a unique history worth noting. The melody that provided the music for John Browns Body and The Battle Hymn of the Republic was rooted in true folk origins. It was the basis for drinking and sailors songs until Charles Wesley, a clergyman and brother of John Wesley the founder of the Methodist Church, heard it. Wesley took the tune and turned it into a religious song used in the Methodist Hymnal, which brought the melody to America.17 Upon reaching America, William Steffe from South Carolina gave the tune words. In 1855, Steffe was credited with starting the song with, S ay brothers, will you meet us on Canaans happy shore ? and


48 Lance C. Westfall P ATRIOTIC U NION SONG S with the traditional refrain of, Glory Hallelujah. The song became a well-known hymn to church-going people and had a beat that was perfect for marching. When the War Between the States started in 1861, the starting lines changed to John Browns body lies a-mouldering in the grave, His soul is marching on. Surprisingly, the new lyric was not about the famous abolitionist John Brown, but a young Scotsman who had the same name and served in the Tiger battalion of the Twelfth Massachusetts Regiment. John Brown became the butt of jokes by his fellow soldiers and his name became synonymous with the new marching tune. Sadly, Sergeant John Brown did not survive the war; he drowned while crossing the Rappahannock River on 6 June 1862.18In November of 1861, the song John Browns Body was about to change yet once again. Julia Ward Howe would forever change the songs lyrics and chorus. Julia was a remarkable woman of many different talents. She became active in the abolitionist movement in Boston and worked with important abolitionist gures such as William Lloyd Garrison and Wendell Phillips.19 Julia was married to a Dr. Samuel Gridley, who was head of the Perkins Institute for the Blind in Boston. Dr. Gridley was too old to enlist in the Army, so he accepted a position in the United States Sanitary Commission when the war started. Julia had accompanied her husband to Washington D.C. when he was to do some work for the Commission. In late 1861, Julia was eager to see a review of the Army of the Potomac, posted near Washington, DC. Her pastor, Dr. James Freeman Clarke, accompanied her. To their dismay, what they were to witness was not the gallantry of Army pass and review, but a Confederate raiding party. In a fashion similar to the rst Battle of Bull Run, a mass retreat started back towards Washington, but the convergence of the carriages and sightseers hindered the progress of the retreat. As Julia and Dr. Clarke were trying to get back into the city, they heard the soldiers marching and singing John Browns Body. There are different accounts of what happened at this point. Possibly the soldiers were singing a verse that Julia and Dr. Clarke may have found unsuitable for the music, such as Well feed him on sour apples till he has the di-ar-ree!20 It was at this moment that Dr. Clarke turned to Julia and suggested that she write some more appropriate words to the music. That night Julia awoke before dawn, and could see from her window the watch res of a hundred circling camps, and heard the trumpet that shall never call retreat.21 The new words began to take shape in her head. Before she forgot them, she wrote out the words in the early morning darkness. On her return to her home in Boston, she submitted the poem to James T. Fields, the editor of the Atlantic Monthly, for which she received ve dollars in payment. Fields then gave the poem its title, The Battle Hymn of the Republic. The poem rst printed in the New York Tribune on 14 January 1862.22The words that Julia Ward Howe had penned so early in the morning retained the camp meeting avor. The new words gave the secular cause of the war, the abolition of slavery, a religious and sacred one. The new song not only gave Gods sanction to the war, but God commanded the battle be pursued.23 The line that best captured this sentiment was, Let the hero born of woman crush the serpent with his heel.24 The last verse in the song equated secession and slavery to being evil and compared the


2008 Historical Studies Journal 49 Union cause to Christs mission, As he died to make men holy, let us die to make men free.25 Verses such as these would not only appeal to the abolitionists in the North, but gave meaning and cause to the Union soldier risking his life. The Battle Hymn of the Republic was an undisputed favorite of the Union; it also conrmed the belief that they were righteous in ghting the evilness of secession and slavery, thus giving purpose to the war. When peace came in 1865 and with the Union restored, many veterans began to recall their time in the Union Army and the importance of the music they marched to and sang. Frank Rauscher, a veteran of the Union Army, recalled, We boys used to yell at the band for music to cheer us up when we were tramping along so tired that we could hardly drag one foot after the other.26 It was the music that kept the soldiers going, gave them purpose and reasons to hope. The same was true for the soldiers in the Confederate Army, for each side had patriotic songs, many of them with the same tune, just different words. Could one of the reasons behind the Unions overall victory have been the music? Richard Wentworth Browne, a Union Veteran, recalled attending a musical party in Richmond just after the declaration of peace, at which paroled Confederate ofcers had asked to hear some of the Union Army songs. After the band had played several songs including, The Battle Hymn of the Republic and The Battle-Cry of Freedom, a Confederate major stood and exclaimed, Gentlemen, if we had your songs, wed have licked you out of your boots!27 This statement by the major would seem to conrm that the music was a pivotal factor in the Unions victory. Clearly, the music of the U.S. Civil War was not just entertainment. The patriotism and righteousness reected in songs such as: The First Gun is Fired! May God Protect the Right!; Battle-Cry of Freedom; and The Battle Hymn of the Republic strongly conveyed the purpose of the war to soldiers and civilians alike. The music bolstered their belief and commitment to the cause, which led to preservation of the Union and abolishment of slavery.


2008 Historical Studies Journal 51WH Y A K IT H OU SE? The History of a Ranch House and its Restoration Along the Plum Creek Rosemary Lewis1 Cynthia Emrick, National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Bear Caon Agricultural District, 5DA.212. Entered October 29, 1975, prepared September 12, 1974, available at s The Beeman Ranch is identied incorrectly as Beaman Ranch on the National Register nomination form and St. Philip-in-the-Field is identied incorrectly as St. Philips-in-the-Field on the National Register nomination form. 2 Record Journal of Douglas County April 28, 1916. 3 Stevens family biography le, Douglas County History Research Center, Castle Rock, CO; Department of the Interior, Lewis Stevens Land Patent Details, Bureau of Land Management General Land ofce Records Available at p ? Bureau of the Census, Loyd Stevens, Glen Grove Post Ofce, Douglas County, Colorado, 1870 Census (June 6, 1870), Series M593 Roll 94 Page 204; Bureau of the Census, Lewis G. Stevens, Precinct 6, Douglas County, Colorado, 1880 Census (June 9, 1880), Series T9 Roll 90 Page 361; and Sedalia Historic Group, comp., Bear Caon Cemetery Records, 2002, TMs (photocopy), Douglas County History Research Center, Castle Rock, CO. The census records are available at m 4 Castle Rock Journal March 22, 1907; Record Journal of Douglas County March 6, 1908. 5 Stevens family biography le; Ann Freehafer Andersen, Marriage Records, Douglas County, Colorado: Book 2, 10 May 1881-12 December 1925, TMs (photocopy), Douglas County History Research Center, Castle Rock, CO; and Bear Caon Cemetery Records. 6 Record Journal of Douglas County March 6, 1908, March 13, 1908, April 28, 1916. 7 Bonnie Allis Coyne, The Kouba-Allis Family, in Our Heritage: People of Douglas County (Castle Rock, CO: Douglas County Historical Society, 1984), 143-145. 8 Helen A. Lawver Land Patent Details, and Joseph D. Kouba Land Patent Details, Bureau of Land Management General Land Ofce Records ; Coyne, Our Heritage, 143. 9 Record Journal of Douglas County July 6, 1917. 10 Coyne 143-144. 11 Andree Allis Powers and Margaret Rhyne, Allis Ranch House, unpublished manuscript. 2005. 12 Record Journal of Douglas County May 25, 1923. 13 Coyne, 144-145; Kouba family biography le; and Bear Caon Cemetery Records. 14 Coyne, 145; Powers and Rhyne; Douglas County News Press March 19, 1997; Recorded Document Search, Douglas County Clerk and Recorders Ofce, search Property Records for Allis, available at o (accessed July 5, 2007); Kouba family biography le, and Bear Caon Cemetery Records. 15 William Cronon, Natures Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West (New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1991), 179. 16 Fred W. Peterson, Anglo-American Wooden Frame Farmhouses in the Midwest, 1830-1900: Origins of Balloon Frame Construction, Perspectives in Vernacular Architecture 8 (2000): 3-16. 17 Cronon, 200-204. 18 Small Houses of the Twenties: The Sears, Roebuck 1926 House Catalog unabridged reprint (Philadelphia: Athenaeum/Dover, 1991), 6. 19 Small Houses of the Twenties 9 -13. 20 Rosemary Thornton, The Houses That Sears Built: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Sears Catalog Homes (Alton, IL: Gentle Beam Publications, 2004), 9, 77.ENDNOT ES


52 Endnotes 21 Small Houses 4-5. 22 Thornton, 40, 50; City of Aurora, Illinois, Preservation Commission, Building Aurora: Sears Houses in Aurora, Illinois, Self-Guided Walking Tour, available at www.aurora-il.or g (accessed July 8, 2007). 23 Thomas J. Noel, Buildings of Colorado Buildings of the United States (New York: Oxford University Press, 1997), 103. 24 Katherine Cole Stevenson and H. Ward Jandl, Houses by Mail: A Guide to Houses from Sears. Roebuck and Company (New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc./Preservation Press, 1986), various pages. 25 Powers and Rhyne. 26 Recorded Document Search, search for Allis; Colorado Open Lands, Allis Ranch available at www.coloradoopenlands.or g (accessed July 13, 2007). Note that some parcels are listed as Allis Ranch Reserve in the Douglas County Clerk and Recorders Ofce database. 27 Powers and Rhyne. 28 Stevenson and Jandl, 29. 29 David Rhyne, interview by the author, June 16, 2007. 30 Powers and Rhyne. 31 Virginia and Lee McAlester, A Field Guide to American Houses (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2005), 454. 32 American Bungalow no. 57 (Summer 2007): 124. WOR K ING C LA SS LE I S UR E and Holidays With Pay During the French Popular Front Kevin L. Lord1 Julian Jackson, The Popular Front in France: Defending Democracy, 1934-38 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988), 92. 2 Maurice Thorez, Son of the People, trans. Douglas Gorman (New York: International Publishers, 1938), 123. 3 Jackson, 85. 4 Jackson, 85-6. 5 David Thomson, ed., France: Empire and Republic, 1850-1940 (New York: Walker and Company, 1968), 177-179. An English translation of the complete text of the Matignon Agreement can be found on these pages. The lowest paid workers received the largest pay raises. 6 Thorez, 130. 7 See Eugen Weber, The Hollow Years (New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 1994), 157; and Gary Cross Vacations for All: The Leisure Question in the Era of the Popular Front, Journal of Contemporary History vol. 24, no. 4 (Oct. 1989), 601-602. Cross presents different dates of 1925 and 1931 for these attempts in his journal article Vacations for All. 8 Jackson, 132. 9 Ellen Furlough, Making Mass Vacations: Tourism and Consumer Culture in France, 1930s to 1970s, Comparative Studies in Society and History vol. 40, no. 2 (Apr. 1998), 252. 10 Cross, Vacations for All, 602, 608. 11 Gary Cross, A Quest For Time: The Reduction of Work in Britain and France, 1840-1940 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1989), 228. 12 Jean Lacouture, Lon Blum (New York: Holmes & Meier, 1982), 279. 13 Cross, Vacations for All, 611. 14 Lacouture, 280, quoting from an interview he conducted with Madeleine Lagrange. 15 Lacouture, 280. 16 Cross, Vacations for All, 611-612. At Sedan, the Prussian military inicted a humiliating military defeat on Napoleon IIIs army, which led to the collapse of the Second Empire, and a year later the formation of the Third Republic. 17 Cross, Vacations for All, 604-605. 18 Cross, Vacations for All, 604. 19 Furlough, 252.


2008 Historical Studies Journal 53 20 Cross, Vacations for All, 612; Furlough, 257. 21 Cross, Vacations for All, 616. Cross quotes the newspaper Vendredi (12 Jun 1936). 22 Cross, Vacations for All, 611. 23 Michael Seidman, Workers Against Work: Labor in Paris and Barcelona During the Popular Fronts (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1991), 275. 24 For the quote see Seidman, 274. The statistic is found in Furlough, 250. 25 Furlough, 258. 26 Pol Farjac, Les Salopards en Vacances, Le Canard Enchane (12 Aug 1936). The title translates as The Bastards on Vacation. The text itself reads You dont think that I would soak myself in the same water as those Bolsheviks! This cartoon can be viewed at a variety of locations on the World Wide Web. As of February 18, 2008, the PDF le, found at the link images/NATHAN-COLLEGES/da/pdf2003/HG3e/171521Dossier.pd f contained an image of the cartoon on the upper right-hand side of the rst page. (Please note that the author has no association with the website provided in this link, and that the link is solely provided for the purposes of illustration. All rights to the linked PDF le are reserved by its owner(s)). 27 Lacouture, 281, repeating a quote found in Maurice Chavardes, t 36: la victoire du Front Populaire, (Paris: Calmann-Lvy, 1966). 28 Lacouture, 281, quoting an article from LEcho de Paris Sep. 26, 1936 edition. 29 Furlough, 254. 30 Cross, Vacations for All, 602. 31 Jackson, 179. 32 Cross, Vacations for All, 615-616. 33 Furlough, 250. 34 Christian Howie, trans. Leon Blum Before His Judges At The Supreme Court of Riom March 11th and 12th, 1942 (London: George Routledge & Sons, 1943), 98. 35 Jackson, 132. BOE TTC HE R M ANSION Gayla McGoldrick1 Dr. Robert L. Stearns interview, quoted in Geraldine B. Bean, Charles Boettcher: A Study in Pioneer Western Enterprise (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1976), 26. Bean consulted the Charles Boettcher Collection (MSS #69) at the Colorado Historical Society, Denver, Colorado, which contained the interview. 2 Cris Dobbins interview, quoted in Geraldine B. Bean, Charles Boettcher: A Study in Pioneer Western Enterprise (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1976), 53. Also contained in the Charles Boettcher Collection (MSS #69). 3 Geraldine B. Bean, Charles Boettcher: A Study in Pioneer Western Enterprise (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1976), 2. 4 Dobbins interview, quoted in Gerldine B. Bean, Charles Boettcher, 42 Boettcher Collection. 5 Anne Cameron Robb, The Boettcher Times (accessed April, 2007). 6 Rocky Mountian News June 7, 1956, 5-8. 7 Laura A. Bryan, Boettcher Summer Home: Castle in the Mountains, The Denver Post ; August 16, 1992. 8 Saco Rienk DeBoer, Western Landscape Architecture, Municipal Facts (Denver: Denver City and County, September 1920), 11. 9 Helen Black, Living in the Clouds, Modes and Manners June July 1928, 8. 10 Susan Becker and Kathryn Johnston, Lorraine Lodge (Charles Boettcher Summer Home), National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form, 5JF.323. 1/18/1984. Available at 11 Lorraine Lodge: A History of the Boettcher Mansion Colorado Historical Society, May 2001, 18. Lorraine Lodge is a pamphlet that visitors receive on tours of the Boettcher Mansion. 12 Cynthia Shaw McLaughlin, interviews by author, March April, 2007. 13 Lorraine Lodge, 26. 14 Ibid., 22. 15 Bryan, Boettcher Summer Home.


54 Endnotes THE G OLDA ME IR HOU SE : Museum, Conference Center, and Center for Political Leadership Jennifer Provizer1 Golda Meir, My Life (New York: G.P. Putnams Sons, 1975.), 48. 2 Rosemary Fetter, A Brief History of Auraria (Class paper written for University of Colorado Denver, HIST 6992. Fall 1996), 6. 3 Owen Chariton, The Golda Meir House: A Case Study in Historic Preservation (Class paper written for University of Colorado Denver, HIST 5234. Summer 1996), 3. 4 There is some debate over the rst discovery of the house. Other reports state that Polly Wilson Kemp rst found the Meir connection to the house in 1978. See the Intermountain Jewish News (February 1989), 4. 5 Interestingly, the Jewish Community in Denver, and in the nation, had little interest in the Golda Meir House. Many Jewish organizations responded to the Cohens pleas for money by saying that there were other causes that were of more importance. 6 In June of 1986, Building Inspector Dick Faus ordered that the GMMA wreck or repair this structure to standards sufcient for occupancy, and on a permanent site. 7 Chariton, 12. 8 Chariton, 13. 9 Mary Ferrell, State Historical Fund Application: Restoration for the Golda Meir House, Colorado Historical Society (September 1994). 10 Rosemary Fetter, Auraria Foundation Receives $95,000 for Golda Meir House, Auraria Higher Education Center, Press Release (November 18, 1994). 11 Rosemary Fetter, The Golda Meir House at Auraria, City and County of Denver Landmark Preservation Commission Application (August 4, 1994), 3. 12 Ibid., 4. 13 Colorado companies, including the Denver Furniture and Carpet Company, and the Capitol Brush Factory made the furniture. 14 Dr. Norman Provizer, interview by author, December 1, 2007. 15 Metropolitan State College of Denver, Golda Meir Center for Political Leadership. Available at / 16 Provizer interview. 17 Provizer interview. 18 Provizer interview. 19 Fetter, Press Release. 20 Provizer interview. 21 Provizer interview. 22 Provizer interview. 23 Provizer interview. 24 Provizer interview. 25 Provizer interview. GE ORG E C ATLIN: Artist and Advocate of the American Indian Evelyn Rae Stool Waldron1 Brian W. Dippie, Catlin and His Contemporaries: The Politics of Patronage (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1990), 3. 2 Dippie, Catlin and His Contemporaries 10. 3 Marjorie Catlin Roehm, The Letters of George Catlin and His Family: A Chronicle of the American West (Berkley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1966), 9. 4 Roehm, Letters of George Catlin and His Family 15. 5 Roehm, Letters of George Catlin and His Family 34. 6 Brian W. Dippie, George Catlin and His Indian Gallery (New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2002), 54. 7 Dippie, Catlin and His Contemporaries 30.


2008 Historical Studies Journal 55 8 William H. Truettner, The Natural Man Observed: A Study of Catlins Indian Gallery (Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1979), 41. 9 George Catlin, Notes of Eight Years Travel and Residence in Europe with His North American Indian Collection (London: Published by the Author, 1848), 324. 10 George Catlin, Shut Your Mouth and Save Your Life (Rome: XIV Congress of the European Rhinologic Society, 1992) with forward by Sylvan E. Stool, M.D., xiv. 11 Kipling Buis, Mrs. Trollops America, Vanity Fair June 2007, 116. 12 George Catlin, Letters and Notes on the Manners, Customs, and Conditions of North American Indians (New York: Dover Publications, 1973), 196. 13 Catlin, Letters and Notes 197. 14 Catlin, Letters and Notes 197. 15 Catlin, Letters and Notes 200. 16 Smithsonian American Art Museum, Campre Stories with George Catlin: An Encounter of Two Cultures u 17 Smithsonian, Campre Stories 18 Therese Thau Heyman, George Catlin and His Indian Gallery (New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2002), 268. 19 Dippie Catlin and His Contemporaries 10. P ATRIOTIC U NION SONG S of the U.S. Civil War Lance C. Westfall1 Kent A. Bowman, Voices of Combat: A Century of Liberty and War Songs, 1765-1865 (New York: Greenwood Press, 1987), 91. 2 David Ewen, American Popular Songs: From the Revolutionary War to the Present (New York: Random House, 1966), 32. 3 George F. Root, The Story of a Musical Life (Cincinnati: John Church Co., 1891), 132. 4 Chicago Daily Tribune, 16 April 1861, p. 4, col. 1. 5 Willard A. and Porter W. Heaps, The Singing Sixties: The Spirit of Civil War Days Drawn from the Music of the Times (Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 1960), 19. 6 Chicago Daily Tribune, 23 April 1861, p. 4 col. 3. 7 Vera Brodsky Lawrence, Music for Patriots, Politicians, and Presidents: Harmonies and Discords of the First Hundred Years (New York: Macmillan Publishing Co., 1975), 363. 8 Heaps, The Singing Sixties 70. 9 Dena J. Epstein, The Battle-Cry of Freedom, in Civil War History, ed. Clyde C. Walton (Iowa: State University of Iowa, September 1958), 311. 10 Henry Stone, A Song in Camp, Century Magazine, December 1887, 320. 11 Battle Cry of Freedom in the War; How the Song Inspired the Discouraged Union Soldiers, New York Times, 21 February 1896, 2. 12 Ibid., 2. 13 Ibid., 2. 14 Ibid., 2. 15 Ibid., 2. 16 Epstein, The Battle-Cry of Freedom, 311. 17 Bowman, Voices of Combat 97. 18 Boyd B. Stutler, John Browns Body, in Civil War History, ed. Clyde C. Walton (Iowa: State University of Iowa, September 1958), 256. 19 Ernest K. Emurian, Stories of Civil War Songs (Natick, MA: W.A. Wilde Company, 1960), 23. 20 Vera Brodsky Lawrence, Music for Patriots, Politicians, and Presidents: Harmonies and Discords of the First Hundred Years (New York: Macmillan Publishing Co., 1975), 357. 21 Emurian, Stories 24. 22 Stutler, John Browns Body, 259. 23 Bowman, Voices of Combat 98. 24 Heaps, The Singing Sixties 53. 25 Ibid., 53. 26 Lawrence, Music for Patriots 363. 27 Ibid., 363.


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