May Music Festival program, 1895
The first May Music Festival was organized in 1889 by Carl Barus, director of the Indianapolis Maennerchor, and festivals were held each year through 1898. Prominent members of the German-American community, such as Herman Lieber and Franklin Vonnegut, joined with other Indianapolis notables like Mayor Thomas Taggart, Charles W. Fairbanks, and Col. Eli Lilly to serve as guarantors of the festival fund. Nellie Melba, Lillian Nordica, and other internationally-known performers took part in the festivals.
Access Aids:Indianapolis Maennerchor Records, Ruth Lilly Special Collections and Archives, University Library, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis.
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