Sumter in Sumter County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Clara Louise Kellogg
Clara Louise Kellogg, said to be the first American-trained prima donna, was born near here in 1842. Her family later moved to New York, where, at age 14, she began to study voice, making her debut four years later. Miss Kellogg soon became world famous. A leading operatic soprano in America and abroad, she sang in such cities as London, Vienna, and Saint Petersburg.
In 1873, Clara Louise Kellogg, world-famous American prima donna, helped organize the English Opera Company, one of the earliest attempts in this country to produce opera in English. At the height of her career, Miss Kellogg included her native Sumter on a concert tour. In 1887, she married her manager, Carl Strakosch, and withdrew from public life. She died in New Hartford, Connecticut, in 1916.
Erected 1980 by The Sumter County Historical Commission. (Marker Number 43-20.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Entertainment • Women. A significant historical year for this entry is 1842.
Location. 33° 55.142′ Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sumter SC 29150, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Y.M.C.A. (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sumterville Academy (approx. ¼ mile away); Sumter's Court Houses (approx. ¼ mile away); Sumter District Confederate Dead (approx. ¼ mile away); Potter's Headquarters / Federal Order Of Battle (approx. ¼ mile away); Sumter World War II Monument (approx. ¼ mile away); General Thomas Sumter 1734 -1832 (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sumter.
Also see . . . Clara Louise Kellogg , Wikipedia entry. She appeared at intervals in London, but was principally engaged in America. (Submitted on March 16, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
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