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Historical Tourism (with thanks to Sarah Vowell and Richard Holmes)     City Maps

Boston  Theatre   Old Landmarks of Boston    Boston Railway stations    

Buffalo walking tour  Great architecture, Olmstead parks and the Historical Society building from the Pan American Exposition of 1901 -- reminds me of the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago.  My thanks to Ellen and George  

Chicago     Cincinnati of John Nickinson and EJ Phillips  I haven't really been to Cincinnati, only the airport (which is in Kentucky).  But I did find some nice photographic histories in the airport bookstore.   

Los Angeles    Middletown, NY   New Orleans    New York and John Nickinson   Other letters and the play Burnt Over   Manhattan Walking tours

Philadelphia    San Francisco    Toronto   Washington DC 

I've been experimenting with Google Maps  as they seem incredibly well suited to getting maps of neighborhoods EJ Phillips lived and/or worked in. The web has become increasingly valuable for history and historical accounts over the past 10-15 years. It took me awhile to realize that the Willard and Palmer House Hotels were not the buildings EJ Phillips had stayed at -- though they are on the same sites.  New York, with a wealth of addresses and years of letters has been the most tractable (and compact) place to investigate.  I've just taken photographs of Boston and hope to get some in Philadelphia in June 2011.  

Railway stations   Baltimore   Boston  Chicago  Cincinnati  Denver  Los Angeles  New York  Ogden, Utah  Philadelphia   Providence  Toronto  Washington DC  Western railroad trip planned 2012

I had a wonderful time visiting cousin Sue Spencer in Toronto in June 2005, and getting a sense of John Nickinson's -- and EJ Phillips' time there.  Thomas Phillips [my generation's great-great-great grandfather] helped build the Rideau Ottawa Canal,  "arguably the most scenic waterway in North America, links the lakes and rivers between Ottawa and Kingston, and is the oldest continuously operated canal in North America. The locks are operated today much as they were when first opened in 1832." [Sounds like a worthwhile trip someday.]

EJ Phillips grew up in Hamilton and her parents are buried there.  Hamilton, Canada city and cemetery tours   Hamilton postcards   Brief history of the postcard in Canada   EJ Phillips first stage appearances


New pictures of  EJ Phillips A.R. Miller's Photographic Gallery, Indianapolis  No 45 E. Washington St. [about 1860]
John Nickinson Dewey's Gallery 102 W. Fifth St., bet. Vine & Race, Cincinnati [1862] 
more on Cincinnati and the Nickinsons  new  [to us] John Nickinson obituary   another new [to us] John Nickinson photograph

Historical Tourism and biographies

Allister Hardiman e-mailed from Australia about a photograph of "Auntie" Christine Zavistowski

The Nickinsons and the 1870 census.

EJ Phillips' professional photographs

revised John Nickinson account     New photograph of John Nickinson 

Did John Nickinson ever meet Edgar Allan Poe?    Did they drink on this street in New York?
John Nickinson compared (favorably) with Charles Dickens

Importance of Nickinson's military career for his theatrical work 

Toronto revised and expanded after visiting cousin Sue Spencer in June 2005  walking tour    Royal Lyceum Theatre site today
Lola Montez and John Nickinson   
EJ Phillips enters the picture
New pictures of Charlotte Nickinson Morrison and familyEliza Nickinson Peters Charles PetersVirginia Nickinson Marlowe  Owen Marlowe
Many thanks to Toronto theater historian Mary Shortt. 

1858 Royal Lyceum playbill The great Nautical Drama of the SEA! Lost and Saved! STORM AT SEA! AND THE RESCUE!  John Nickinson may have been a soldier, but grandson Ted Nickinson went to Annapolis and wound up living in Pensacola, a Navy town, as did his parents.    

Another Nickinson production of Uncle Tom -- this time the play is by Harriet Beecher Stowe.

In six acts and twelve tableaux, Davies as Uncle Tom, Miles as George Harris (the fugitive), Nickinson as Phineas Fletcher, Miss Kimberly as Eliza, Miss Blanche as Eva, Miss Phillips as Cassey and Emily L. Miles as Topsy (the girl that never was born). 

No date, no place identifiable "To-morrow evening benefit of J. Nickinson, when a great will be offered. Lady and Gent, front seats 70 cents; single gent, 35 cents other parts of the house admission will be 25 cents. Phineas Fletcher was the Quaker who helped slaves escape. Cassey was a slave belonging to Simon Legree. 
more on Uncle Tom's Cabin

Bibliography
Gilder, Rosamond, Enter the Actress: The First Women in the Theater, NY: Theatre Arts Books, 1960
Lerner, Gerda, The Majority Finds its Past: Placing Women in History: NY Oxford University Press, 1981

Last updated April 3, 2011

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