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Sometime in the early 1890’s she studied in Germany and brought home a selection of programs from concerts she must have attended. These were bound into a small brown book.

Grace Louise Ware, third daughter of Jasper & Ellen Ware was a very talented lady who studied in Germany before taking a teaching position in the southeast United States. She is pictured seated at the piano in the Formal Parlor at Wildwood.
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Sometime in the early 1890’s she studied in Germany and brought home a selection of programs from concerts she must have attended. These were bound into a small brown book. On one of the first pages is a sketch of a man with short hair and sideburns. Was this grumpy looking gentleman the maestro or just someone seated in the audience?

 

She listened to a ‘sinfonie’ and an ‘ouverture’ by Mozart, Mendelssohn, Chopin and Strauss-Taussig

 

Within the next few pages are penciled comments in German and English or perhaps a list of names or a few measures of musical notes. Tucked between the pages toward the back of the little book is found the cover from Dr. Hebra’s Viola Skin Soap for the Toilet, Nursery and Skin Diseases. A person never knows what they might see when taking a tour of Wildwood.

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