Jenny Lind Concert Program. September 11, 1850


This printed program is from a concert given by Jenny Lind at the Castle Garden in New York City on September 11, 1850. The cover features the portraits of Jenny Lind, promoter P.T. Barnum, baritone Giovani Belletti, and pianist, arranger and conductor Jules Benedict.

Johanna Maria “Jenny” Lind (1820-1887) was a Swedish soprano, famously known as the "Swedish Nightingale." She was one of the most highly regarded singers of the 19th century. American showman P. T. Barnum contracted Lind to undertake a concert tour throughout the United States beginning in 1850. Lind terminated her contract with Barnum amicably in 1851 and continued to tour for nearly a year under her own management.

Advance publicity created such a demand for concert tickets that Barnum sold them at auction. Throughout the tour, popular frenzy for Jenny Lind tickets and merchandise created “Lindomania” raising large sums of money for Lind and Barnum. Lind donated much of her profits to charitable causes.

Date Made: 1850

Referenced: Lind, JennyBarnum, P. T.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New York, New York

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Credit Line: Gift of Sarah Ella Cummings

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MI.63.252aAccession Number: 71118Catalog Number: 63.252a

Object Name: program

Physical Description: paper (overall material)ink (overall material)Measurements: overall: 9 in x 5 3/4 in; 22.86 cm x 14.605 cm


Record Id: nmah_607127

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