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"Way down upon de Swanee Ribber"

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Title:
"Way down upon de Swanee Ribber"
Physical Description:
1 online resource (2 p.) : ill. ;
Language:
English
Creator:
Dunn, Hampton
Publication Date:

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
Memorials -- Florida -- White Springs   ( lcsh )
State songs -- Florida   ( lcsh )
Description and travel -- Suwannee River (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Genre:
non-fiction   ( marcgt )

Notes

Abstract:
Typescript of Photouring Florida column that describes the Stephen Collins Foster memorial in White Springs and the use of Foster's Old folks at home as the Florida state song.
Statement of Responsibility:
by Hampton Dunn.
General Note:
Title from caption on PDF of p.1 (viewed July 15, 2010).
General Note:
At head of title: Photouring Florida.

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of South Florida Library
Holding Location:
University of South Florida
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier:
aleph - 002221106
oclc - 647973196
usfldc doi - D33-0045
usfldc handle - d33.45
System ID:
SFS0000426:00001


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d16 "WAY DOWN UPON DE SWANEE RIBBER" By HAMPTON DUNN WHITE SPRINGS --Florida loves Stephen Collins Foster. He wrote what has been adopted as our State Song and made the Suwannee River one of the best known attractions in the state. But Foster himself never saw the Suwannee, nor Florida for that matter. There is a splendid Stephen Foster Memorial at this point on the scenic river. White Springs is situated on U.S. 41 and only three miles off Interstate 75. A 200 foot carillon tower, which also houses the wo rld's largest set (97) of tubular bells, is a focal point of the 243 acre park which was dedicated in 1950. Foster was a native of Pittsburgh. Although his compositions were popular during his lifetime, he didn't profit much from them. His life's income w as about $15,000. He died in a charity ward at New York's Bellevue at the age of 37 in 1864. In his purse after death were found three pennies, 35 cents in script and a piece of paper on which was written: "Dear Friends and Gentle Hearts." The title of ano ther Foster hit? Probably. There are several tales about how he selected the Suwannee River to immortalize in song. A kinsman claims he chose it from an atlas and changed the spelling from Suwanee to "Swanee." Another version is that he had picked "Way Do wn Upon the Pee Dee River" because it sound ed musical, but the publisher changed it. At any rate his "Old Folks at Home", originally published under the name of famous minstrel Edwin P. Christy as composer (Foster sold his rights for $15), became a hit tu ne and in 1935 was adopted as Florida's State Song by the Legislature.

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