Taking the Town: Collegiate and Community Culture in the by Kolan Thomas Morelock

By Kolan Thomas Morelock

The dating among a city and its neighborhood associations of upper schooling is frequently fraught with turmoil. The advanced tensions among the id of a urban and the nature of a school can problem either groups. Lexington, Kentucky, monitors those attribute conflicts, with ancient academic associations inside its urban limits: Transylvania college, the 1st collage west of the Allegheny Mountains, and the college of Kentucky, previously ''State College.'' An investigative cultural background of the city that referred to as itself ''The Athens of the West,'' Taking town: Collegiate and neighborhood tradition in Lexington, Kentucky, 1880--1917 depicts the origins and improvement of this courting on the flip of the 20 th century. Lexington's position within the higher South makes it a wealthy quarter for exam. regardless of a heritage of turmoil and violence, Lexington's universities function catalysts for swap. till the book of this booklet, Lexington used to be nonetheless characterised through educational interpretations that principally contemplate Southern highbrow existence an oxymoron. Kolan Thomas Morelock illuminates how highbrow lifestyles flourished in Lexington from the interval following Reconstruction to the nation's access into the 1st international battle. Drawing from neighborhood newspapers and different basic resources from round the quarter, Morelock bargains a accomplished examine early town-gown dynamics in a urban of contradictions. He illuminates Lexington's id by way of investigating the lives of a few influential personalities from the period, together with Margaret Preston and Joseph Tanner. targeting literary societies and dramatic golf equipment, the writer inspects the impression of social and academic collage enterprises at the town's pop culture from the Gilded Age to the revolutionary period. Morelock's paintings is an enlightening research of the intersection among pupil and citizen highbrow existence within the Bluegrass urban in the course of an period of profound switch and growth. Taking town explores an missed point of Lexington's historical past in the course of a time during which the town used to be constructing its cultural and highbrow identity.

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On 4 January 1885 the Lexington Daily Press, reporting on a New Year’s Eve party given by Ranck and his wife at “their elegant home on North Broadway” for the members of the Chamber of Commerce, noted, “since Mr. Ranck’s election to the Presidency of the Chamber, . . he has been the soul and body of that work. ”19 Lexington in the early 1880s was portrayed in Ranck’s Guide as a faultless city with every desirable attribute, a cultural and social mecca on the verge of becoming a manufacturing and commercial mecca as well.

37 Beyond the serialized popular fiction offered by the press for public amusement, Lexington newspapers advertised, reported on, and reviewed a wide variety of public performances and events. At times, these events blended high and popular culture, often in the same venues; at other times, high and low culture remained separate and in contention with each other. 32  Taking the Town For instance, “county court days” were extremely popular events for both economic and social reasons, and “of all assemblages treasured by Kentuckians .

25 Beginning in New York in 1874 and spreading across the nation by the 1880s, the typical independent Chautauqua Assembly—part religious camp meeting, part “college” for self-improvement, and part pure entertainment—was a significant institution of Victorian middle-class intellectual life. ” Schlereth summarized Chautauqua as “a rural enclave for self-improvement, a sylvan retreat . . from urban life, and a collective cultural enterprise for moral and intellectual rearmament” and argued 26  Taking the Town that Chautauqua reflected, and had its cultural and spatial origins in, other Victorian “middling” landscapes, including the pleasure park, the college campus, the religious camp meeting, and the communitarian settlement.

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