Item #8716 Theater! Matchette’s Hall…The Great Moral and Religious Drama Entitled Uncle Tom’s Cabin…
Theater! Matchette’s Hall…The Great Moral and Religious Drama Entitled Uncle Tom’s Cabin…

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Theater! Matchette’s Hall…The Great Moral and Religious Drama Entitled Uncle Tom’s Cabin…

Bourbon, Ind., Jan. 24, 1877. Broadside, 10.375” x 6.875”. Early pencil inscriptions on verso, evidently by children. CONDITION: Good+, a couple very small losses not affecting text, separating at margins along old horizontal fold, numerous miniscule tack holes, minor toning.

An apparently unrecorded broadside advertising a performance of Uncle Tom’s Cabin in Bourbon, Indiana in 1877, at a hall constructed by a veteran surgeon of the Civil War.

Although one Indiana newspaper notes a recent performance of the drama “to a very small house,” and another goes so far as to call it “an old, worn out play,” the production of Uncle Tom’s Cabin announced here—in Bourbon, Indiana—took place “By Request of Many Citizens” and with “the Original Music, and the entire Company in the Cast.” Tickets cost thirty-five cents for adults and twenty-five for children.

The venue, Matchette’s Hall, was a recent addition to the town, built in 1873 by Alique C. Matchette, who had settled in Bourbon following his medical service during the Civil War. He became successful and widely respected as a physician, druggist, and proprietor of a “general supply store,” and later built a sanitarium nearby. He was prominent both in civic societies and politics (though he declined public office), and in the early 1870s moved away from the Republican Party in favor of Horace Greeley. Just a few months after the play advertised here, Matchette and his partner Dr. Samuel France performed “A Remarkable Operation in Surgery,” amputating “the leg of an octogenarian at a point within two inches of the thigh joint,” and saw him through to a full recovery. 

We find no records of this broadside, or of the business manager J. M. Murray, in OCLC or online.

REFERENCES: Fort Wayne Daily Gazette, Dec. 7, 1877, p. 4; The Columbus Republican, April 19, 1877, p. 5.

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