Lincoln

August Hagenow: Violinist – Conductor – Director

The Library/Archives division holds a small collection of materials related to noted musician, August Hagenow.  Born in Germany in 1859, Hagenow studied the violin in Hamburg.  His first tour of the United States came in 1878 with the Red Hussar band.  After several tours of the U.S., Hagenow eventually made his way to Nebraska where he became the leader of the Funke Opera House in Lincoln.  From 1889-1893 he served as violin instructor and orchestra director of the Nebraska Conservatory of Music. Here is a concert program from the Library/Archives collection (click to enlarge).

Love Sugar? I’ve Got Just the Hospital for You

With that title I bet you thought this blog was going to be about the evils of sugar consumption.  Nope, we’ll leave that to the countless “health” blogs.  I’ve got something almost better than sugar ingestion–sugar sculpture.  In the 1930s-1940s, for some reason as yet unknown to me, Victor Hnoinski built a replica of the Lincoln Veterans Hospital out of sugar!  Don’t believe me?  Here’s proof:

W. A. Fowler and The Typemusic Company

I recently ran across a few items in a manuscript collection relating to The Typemusic Company of Lincoln. Apparently Mr. W. A. Fowler invented and marketed a typewriter used for typing up musical compositions. He sold his invention through The Typemusic Company. The few advertising/marketing items we have show that he had “offices” in Lincoln, Nebraska, and Los Angeles, California.

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