“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Pittsburgh in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Stephen Collins Foster

American Composer


—1826–1864 —

Stephen Collins Foster Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 18, 2014
1. Stephen Collins Foster Marker
Inscription. As a young man, Stephen Foster lived opposite this site on Union Avenue and, with his family, regularly enjoyed the park. Here he composed the music for his first published song, “Open Thy Lattice Love,” which was dedicated to a neighbor. “Old Folks at Home” was also penned here. Stephens father, William Barclay Foster, was mayor of Allegheny City from 1842 to 1843. Stephen Foster is considered the preeminent American songwriter of his era. “Oh! Susanna,” “Camptown Races” and “Beautiful Dreamer” are three of his best known compositions. Foster is buried in Allegheny Cemetery, near his Lawrenceville birthplace. He is honored in a museum at the Stephen Foster Memorial on the University of Pittsburgh’s campus.
Location. 40° 27.161′ N, 80° 0.12′ W. Marker is in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in Allegheny County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of East Ohio Street and Cedar Avenue. Click for map. It is in Allegheny Commons Park’s East Park, which is near PNC Park Stadium and Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. Marker is in this post office area: Pittsburgh PA 15212, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hampton Battery Monument (within shouting distance of this marker);
Stephen Collins Foster Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 18, 2014
2. Stephen Collins Foster Marker
The Pittsburgh Platform (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Charles Taze Russell (about 800 feet away); Founding Convention of the CIO (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Free Public Library Building in the United States (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pittsburgh's Grand Hall at the Priory (approx. 0.2 miles away); James Hay Reed (approx. 0.2 miles away); Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Pittsburgh.
More about this marker. This area of today’s Pittsburgh was once Allegheny City.
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia Entry for Stephen Foster. Foster is acknowledged as “father of American music.” He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970, and he was also inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2010. “My Old Kentucky Home” is the official state song of Kentucky, adopted by the General Assembly on March 19, 1928. “Old Folks at Home” is the official state song of Florida, designated in 1935. Because of the racial lyrics, “Old Folks at Home” (“Swanee River”) was modified with approval from the Stephen Foster Memorial; after a lengthy debate, the modified song was kept as the official state song, while “Florida (Where the Sawgrass Meets the Sky)” was added as the state anthem. Foster’s minstrel song “Camptown Races” was a hit when it was published and is well-known to this day. It is used in several ways, such as football chants and even in Looney Tunes. (Submitted on September 7, 2014.) 

2. Open Thy Lattice Love - John Boda.
(Submitted on September 7, 2014.) 

3. Old Folks at Home (Swanee River) - Original Verses - Tom Roush.
(Submitted on September 7, 2014.) 

4. Stephen Foster at (Submitted on February 6, 2015, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicEntertainment
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 207 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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