Did you know...
- During the American Theatre period in the 1800s, women were given free range to develop wardrobe whereas men had a standard wardrobe for all roles.
- Minstrel shows of the late 19th century featured white performers in blackface.
- The original Springer Opera House included a grocery store, saloon and restaurant on the first floor.
- Such well-known Americans as William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody, Edwin Thomas Booth, Oscar Wilde and Booker T. Washington appeared at the Springer Opera House during the 1800s, in addition to Presidents Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Jimmy Carter in the 1900s.
- The term ‘nickelodeon’ does not refer to a popular television channel, but rather refers to a theatre that offered short films for a nickel in the early 1900s.
- Columbus’ Black community had a thriving arts district that could rival large southern cities.
There's lots more to learn and enjoy during your visit!
On With The Show! The Springer Opera House and History of Columbus Theatre (1830-present) runs now through February 12, 2012 at the Columbus Museum. Please visit www.columbusmuseum.com,