Now on display – “The Blue and the Gray: Songs of the Civil War”

Come view the display of historic music commemorating the 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War, (April 12, 1861). Included are sheet music, broadsides, songsters, and other materials from Central Library’s Grosvenor Room music collection.

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 Broadsides were text-only song sheets equivalent to singles on a record. Songsters were usually twenty-four to forty pages and considered the albums of their day (i.e.  Beadle’s Dime Song Book, the Pocket Songster). Broadsides were sold on street corners, while sheet music, song sheets, and booklet-sized songsters, were sold in stores or distributed through mail order businesses

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