Granville Historical Society to share history of temperance movement songs

The Granville Historical Society presents “Songs of the American Temperance Movement: 1865-1920” in a program Feb. 29 at 7 p.m. at Seek-No-Further Cider Mill.

The program will be presented by Paul D. Sanders, professor of music education at Ohio State University-Newark, on the Cider House floor.

After the turbulent years of the Civil War, the American Temperance Movement resumed its fight to banish alcohol from the country, and songs – new and old, borrowed and composed – were pressed into service. The Woman’s Christian Temperance Union and the Anti-Saloon League led the charge, but others joined the crusade with their own temperance singers and sheet music.

This presentation will focus on some of the thousands of songs used by temperance reformers during the period 1865 to 1920.

In addition to temperance selections by popular songwriters including Stephen C. Foster, many familiar tunes were borrowed to support the movement, including “Auld Lang Syne,” “Yankee Doodle,” and “America.”

The program is an offshoot of the Historical Society’s temperance exhibit, which will still be on display when the museum reopens this spring.

Seek-No-Further Cider Mill is located just behind the Park National Bank and the Granville Historical Society Museum in downtown.

Information submitted by Granville Historical Society.

This article was originally published on Newark Advocate: Historical Society to Share History of Temperance Movement Songs

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