Stephen Foster Memorial Day on January 13th commemorates the music of the man who composed hundreds of America’s first popular songs.
Born in Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania on July 4, 1826, Stephen Foster became known as America’s First Composer. His catchy tunes based on minstrel songs are still known today.
Despite Foster’s exclusive music contract with Firth, Pond, and Company, when he died at the age of 37, he was penniless. While his songs were wildly popular, the lack of copyright protection and alcoholism left him with nothing of value to show for his work.
During his short life, Foster wrote over 200 songs. His best-known compositions include “Oh! Susanna,” “Camptown Races,” “Old Folks at Home,” “My Old Kentucky Home,” “Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair,” “Old Black Joe,” and “Beautiful Dreamer” and are still very popular today.
Foster died on January 13, 1864, at the age of 37.
HOW TO OBSERVE #StephenFosterMemorialDay
Read about the life of Stephen Foster or watch a documentary. Listen to some of his music. You might be surprised to learn how familiar some of it is. How many of them do you already know? Check out our suggestions below:
- Doo-dah! by Ken Emerson
- Beautiful Dreamer: The Life of Stephen Collins Foster by Ellen Hunter Ulken
- Read about the African American influence on Stephen Foster’s music.
Use #StephenFosterMemorialDay to post on social media.
STEPHEN FOSTER MEMORIAL DAY HISTORY
Stephen Foster Memorial Day is a United States Federal Observance Day according to Title 36 of the United States Code. It was made law in November of 1966 and was first celebrated in 1967.
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“Now… Start Counting Your Blessings… instead of sheep…”
…and this the latest addition to our family … little Miss Ruby, herself”
and… in this next Photo is little Miss Alyssa when she was a small child… looking after her brand new little baby sister, our little Miss Jaime…
and…. in this PHOTO… which I took of our brand new baby, Al… as he looks as if he is talking to big brother, Lee…
These Photos of big Sister and big Brother looking after the newest person added to the family is really something for them to try to comprehend… something so new and different… wondering as to just exactly… how can, “I” take real good and loving care for this new member of my family”
and… This next PHOTO is our baby Al in the arms of his Daddy, Sr. and baby Al is getting his first taste of Flying and seeing that Flying in the “Air” is so much FUN… just as soon as Al could… he received his Flying license and continues to Fly… in the beautiful Blue Sky above.
and… In the beginning … such a long time ago… this little girl that you see on the foot steps … just getting ready to go walking with her Mommy…. is “Me Ellen” herself and my favorite words at that time were, “I’m doing!”
Looking at this old photo…I sure look as if … I am ready to do some real tough and ruff work for a living…I sure have the strength and muscles to work all day and night… if I have too… to get it done!
and…. This next PHOTO is of my MOTHER when she was just a very young baby.
As you can see when the family had Photos taken over a hundred years ago … the person had to be dressed properly in the studio and it did have to look nice. This Photo of MOM was evidently taken care of and of good quality, since MOM was the thirteenth child in the “BRADY” family.
“Isn’t wonderful how so many things of real importance in a FAMILY are preserved and taken care of… just so that these important items in and of the family may be handed down from one member in the family to the next member that will take of all of those things of special value… in this family and pass on down to the next generation!”
“Little Marie Brady” 1900
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“Sending all the best of terrific wishes to all those… I know and or friends with… that have a “BIRTHDAY” today… and all of the other extra special days of this month of January… the first month and start of this New Year… the BIG New Year of all New Beginnings… 2021″
“Sending Blessings and Wishes… for much Happiness for One and All !” D.V.
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“Click on this page, to make more readable…
This page is from a very old Bible – Psalm 139 is really suited for this week of January, 2021… since this week is for us, to celebrate LIFE and FAMILY .
It seems that most people living today, just have no idea at all, that each and every human LIFE was preordained, by our Creator and that…there are no accidents of a LIFE, as to when each and every child should be allowed to be born.
There is a very special reason for all of us… that means each and everyone of us humans… and the sooner we start to figure out… just exactly that which we were created for and the walk of Life, that we should take… the what we are here for and learn to be content with just exactly where we are… so much the better… then we can all start to live in harmony!
Some time ago I had heard on a radio program that… “I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” So I had to find where that came from and found that in verse 14 of Psalm 139.
Once, that I had found this Psalm, and read it… there is just so much important information here… that will answer so many questions… that all of us have.
My hope is that anyone who has questions about their birth… please take the time to read and re-read this Psalm, just to … see if you can find those answers to most of the questions that you and your friends are asking – and then you will be helping them, by being able to tell them, where they can find all of the correct answers !
“Pass this very good information on to all of your family and friends, as everyone will LOVE you – – for… your sincere LOVE of them!” D.V.
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“Here is the Latest and Greatest!”
Here is the “LATEST and GREATEST” – – – “Alyssa at her BIRTHDAY PARTY” – – with a new gift – – and we know – these are the gadgets that will make “Alyssa’s” life easier – – and take a look at the plate of food!
Now you know where to go, when you are celebrating any occasion… just look again at that plate of food … sure makes everybody want to join in the “FUN and GAMES!”
“Is this a “HAPPY OCCASION” … or not???
“I sure hope that “you” put a big amount of “dough” on that last bet!!!”
Just looking at Alyssa… you can see that she is really enjoying this party… your best of “Parties” start with your Family and Friends… and it sure looks like… the main ingredients are here and … we all will mark this occasion down in our books … giving it an “A+ to the 9th power” just hoping that we, all will be around again next year… so that we, all can do it again!!!
The best of things, in LIFE are basically “FREE” … the Joy and Happiness comes about in the having of the best “Family and Friends” … that LOVE you … and with you” … when-ever you might decide to celebrate any event, and or celebrate any occasion, one may first start… with just talking about getting together and that could just be, the first step of just one, or many communicating on that new social train… and before you know it, you are on the top step, of getting something very exciting accomplished, for all of your FAMILY and FRIENDS … as well as… for yourself and everyone who will help to make this new “get-to-gather” just the very best and “FREE” – for all – that you are in communication – with!!!
“DO IT UP RIGHT – “NOW” – ENJOY IT – LATER!”
“Birthday Party for Al and Alyssa”
Yesterday, I invited everybody to come and join in the Party for “Al and Alyssa” … there are a few others standing around, as I have lots of their pictures, too… for the “SHOW and TELL” … so if you were not here, last night… mark your calendar for next year… be right here… same time and station!
“How do you like that poster for the “1904 World’s Fair” on the wall, that should tell you exactly where to meet for all of our “FUN and GAMES” … next year!
In my “BOOK”… I feel that everybody should celebrate their “BIRTHDAY” for at least the whole week! You do need at least a week’s time, to get adjusted to being a year older!
When I was having children, and that was a long… long time ago, and I even remember my Mother saying that, “When you go to the hospital to have children, they will keep you there, three weeks!” —
“Keeping you and the new child, for three weeks… helps you to get adjusted to taking care of the new baby… bonding and getting to know each other and the main reason is to celebrate this new child’s birth… because this is the best new “EVENT” taking place for the year!”
Getting together for “FAMILY” occasions is the most important thing that a person can do and every chance one gets to partake in a “joyous occasion” to help celebrate with family and friends is what we Americans… should all strive to do, and also Vote to have “family get-to-gathers” designated as the very most important thing, that one person and family can do for their country and for all man-kind!
Just so you know, there were some very “LUCKY WINNERS” in our group!
There must have been several in our group, that were born under some “LUCKY STARS” … and you know what happens… when you have “LUCKY” people standing right next to you… some of that “GOOD LUCK” stuff … rubs off and on to you … “WOW” – “LETS ALL – do it again!” D.V.
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It is a “#9” Day!
Is this a “Good Day” or what?
What did we say when we were kids… at least a hundred years ago or so…
“#9 riding on the Chicago Line!?”
Today… that still sounds good, but have no idea … just exactly to what we, children are thinking, when we were jumping rope and keeping in time, with a lot of very fast-pace – sing-song verses.
Come to think about those days of jumping rope…All of those magic verses for us to keep in TIME with… we have now so quickly forgot… when it came to entering into our teens.
Remember hearing when… I was a youngster – “youth is wasted on the young” – the only thing I can think of – that – that means to me, today… I just don’t have the strength of ole “Sampson” to do, all those things that are needed… to be done today?
When I was young and had so much strength – I hate to say it – but did waste it – not doing those much more important things in “Life!”
If only we could inspire our younger generations, with more understanding of this “Life” thing… as it will be unfolding, and just exactly what they will need, and at what age – so as to have a wonderful “Vision” – a – “Goal” … workable ideas with plans to strive to something that they will enjoy doing… because to work at a job that you do not enjoy doing… You will never ever succeed.
To succeed in the work that you choose to do everyday… that “WORK” must be something that is like “Play Time” as when you were a youngster… YOU wanted to do it all day and everyday and all night… if only they would let you!
Some of us never receive instruction along those lines… and all through LIFE are looking, but, while not receiving … he guidance from someone that really cares to instruct and work with you … your days and all of your time on Earth… just do not seem to be fulfilled in that way … “YOU” were dreaming, that they would be.
Always working toward and being fully committed to accomplish that most important “DREAM” that you had in the very beginning of your young LIFE… never ever, let it ;slip away!
So, that and after that “Half-way Mark” in LIFE… one can NOW…see their “Prize” before them! And, ultimately in their hands!
“It is a great day to be born on the “9th!””
“Happy Birthday to “Al and ALYSSA” – my Son and Grand-daughter – both born on the same wonderful day – the “9th” of JANUARY!” D.V.
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