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Description: A beautiful program for the July 4th celebration held at Henry C. Bowen’s Roseland Park in 1882. Illustrated with a watercolor enhanced engraving of an idyllic scene that is most likely the lake at Roseland Park, the program lists prayers, addresses, orations, music, and poetry by prominent Americans including an unpublished poem by the late Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Four-page, stiff card stock, 6 1/2" x 4 3/4".  Item number: AM00067.

Roseland Park was the summer home built by wealthy businessman Henry C. Bowen. On December 25, 1865, Bowen married his second wife, Ellen Holt. Roseland Cottage experienced a rejuvenation following their marriage, and Henry Bowen subsequently became well-known for reviving the celebration of the Fourth of July as a patriotic holiday. These celebrations attracted as many as 10,000 people who heard speeches, saw fireworks, and drank pink lemonade. Bowen, often called "Mr. Fourth of July," was an important benefactor of the town of Woodstock and gave Roseland Park, which included a man-made lake, to the community. Prominent visitors included Ulysses S. Grant, Henry Ward Beecher and John C. Fremont.

Written in pencil on the front, beneath the tree, is the word Tiffany followed by a letter or two that we cannot decipher. Whether the design of the program was by Tiffany or the program belonged to a Tiffany, we do not know.

Condition: Program lightly soiled, some stains on back page, corners bumped, otherwise very good.