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Taking the TownCollegiate and Community Culture in the Bluegrass, 1880-1917$
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Kolan Thomas Morelock

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125046

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125046.001.0001

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The Dramatic Clubs Take the Stage

The Dramatic Clubs Take the Stage

An Extracurricular Succession in Prewar Lexington

(p.243) Chapter Seven The Dramatic Clubs Take the Stage
Taking the Town

Kolan Thomas Morelock

University Press of Kentucky

Margaret Preston was found to express a wide variety of cultural trends when she began to participate in theatrical arts during the years before the war broke. While these trends were found to have brought about fundamental changes to the lives of students both inside and outside the campus, it was important to note that collegiate extracurricular activities would continue to play no small part in shaping the intellectual life of the community in spite of how literary societies would no longer serve as primary actors. Oratorical culture in the nineteenth century collapsed before the Progressive Era's new culture of professionalism became widespread. This chapter provides an account of the literary society's decline during the prewar era and how dramatic clubs emerged as catalysts for intellectual development.

Keywords:   Margaret Preston, dramatic club, literary society, oratorical culture, theatrical arts, Progressive Era, collegiate extracurriculum

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