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His Life And Background In Cincinnati 1846 - 1850 by Raymond Walters

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The Stage of the "Forties              83
And there was editorial comment17 upon her graciousness in appearing, with her hus­band, among the audience at a concert of the Amateur Musical Society.
Cincinnatians of the 'forties were fond of frequenting a combination of theater, concert hall and amusement park called Shires Gar­den,18 which occupied an entire square front­ing Third Street from Vine to Race Streets. The Independence Day celebration in the city regularly concluded with a gala display of fireworks at the Garden; possibly Mrs. Foster, Dunning and Stephen were there on the eve­ning of July 4, 18483* during the visit of Mrs. Foster reported in Chapter xiii. At the formal opening of the Shires Garden Theater in 1842, "the prime address was spoken by Mrs. Hunt, ' a noted actress of the period.f Many concerts and theatrical performances were given in this theater before its destruction by fire.
* "The display at Shires Garden on Tuesday evening, was both grand and beautiful."—The Atlas, July 6, 1848.
I She later became Mrs. John Drew, grandmother of Lionel Barrymore, John Barrymore, and Ethel Barrymore.

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