Elocutionary Arts

Exploring the lost practices and performers of recitation

"Arriving,” a picture from the 9th annual announcement in 1915 of The Stadlers and Miss Willmer, who appeared on the Chautauqua circuit.  The Drs. Stadler were a married couple who gave lectures on health with the assistance of a registered nurse and their small son.  Sarah Mildred Willmer (Mrs. Edward van Bond) gave “Popular and Classical Readings, Character Interpretations and Dramatic Masterpieces.”
[Courtesy of Traveling Culture: Circuit Chautauqua in the Twentieth Century, University of Iowa Libraries Special Collections]