Jenny Lind Concert Program, June 9, 1851

Jenny Lind Concert Program, June 9, 1851

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This printed program is from a concert given by Jenny Lind at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C. on June 9, 1851.

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.

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Currently not on view
Object Name
program
date made
1851
referenced
Lind, Jenny
Barnum, P. T.
place made
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 8 3/4 in x 5 3/4 in; 22.225 cm x 14.605 cm
ID Number
MI.63.252f
accession number
71118
catalog number
63.252f
Credit Line
Gift of Sarah Ella Cummings
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