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The Mormons and the Theatre

or The History of Theatricals in Utah

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Author: John S. Lindsay
Published: 1905
Language: English
Wordcount: 68,508 / 203 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 61.9
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 367
Added to site: 2011.09.20 30780

string band to furnish music for dances played at this hall and was composed of Hopkins C. (familiarly known as "Hop") Fender, Jesse Earl and Jake Hutchinson. These gentlemen deserve to be remembered in the musical history of Salt Lake City as the first to furnish the inspiring strains to which the worthy pioneers danced.

In the fall of 1852, the Musical and Dramatic Association was reorganized and renamed the "Deseret Dramatic Association." In this year the historic Social Hall was erected, and with a view to opening it with becoming brilliancy the original company was greatly added to, for the drama had become a popular amusement with the Saints, and many of the chiefs of the church, including President Young, held honorary membership in the "D. D. A."

The Social Hall, which is still standing and in well preserved condition, is one of the old landmarks that are fast disappearing. It is a comparatively small structure about 40x80 feet. It was considered in its time a fine amusement hall but has



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