In 1887, the women who came together to create a musical organization in Akron, Ohio, did not even have the right to vote in state or federal elections. The Western Reserve canal town was certainly not a bastion of the arts, but the ladies who founded the Tuesday Musical Club aspired to create cultural activities. Many were wives or daughters of the prominent industrialists who had made Akron a manufacturing center, and a few were related to the innovators who later stamped the town as the ‘Rubber Capital of the World.’
The volunteer organization almost went under several times and its history became tied to the expansion of Akron itself. Through world wars, financial upheavals, population increases and declines, and changing socioeconomic demographics, Tuesday Musical has continuously brought world-renowned musical talent to the area, far greater than one would expect to find in Northeast Ohio.
This well-documented book profiles the individuals who founded, fostered, and forwarded the organization. The accomplishments of Tuesday Musical are illustrated with images, newspaper stories, memorabilia, and biographies. The canal’s towpaths are now walking and riding trails, tire manufacturing is now done elsewhere, and the Schumacher oats factory has been converted into student housing and office space. Yet Tuesday Musical’s volunteers continue to bring world-class classical music to the city, a tribute to its founders, volunteers, and benefactors.
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