Book of words : the pageant of Darien : the pageant of a residential community / William Chauncy Langdon

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74 p. 23 cm


"The historical pageantry movement responded to the rapid social, economic, and technological changes taking place in the United States at the turn of the 20th century. The pageants became a popular way of coping with the changing times by glorifying the past. Beginning in England as an outgrowth of the Arts and Crafts Movement, pageantry reached back to preindustrial days and the cultural influence of old England as a reaction against industrialization and immigration. Pageants produced community cohesion by educating the increasingly diverse local residents about the history of their towns with an emphasis on the triumphs of Colonial English settlers. Community members were recruited to act out scenes from their town's past, often under the direction of a professional pageant director. These plays were designed to transmit traditional American values and ideals in an engaging way. Historical pageants served as an Americanizing force by being both popular entertainment and a means of education that could remold the collective identity in times of change."

 The author, William Chauncy Langdon, was "one of the foremost promoters of pageantry as an instrument of community self-discovery..." from American Historical Pageantry: The Uses of Tradition in the Early Twentieth Century by David Glassberg (pg. 72)

A study in dramatic form of the history, life and problems of a small town within the home radius of a great metropolitan centre--Foreword
Where Goodwives' River flows into Gorham's Pond, near Noroton in the town of Darien, Connecticut, August 29 & 30 & September 1, 1913.""

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F104.D27 L2





Langdon, William Chauncy, 1871-1947. “Book of words : the pageant of Darien : the pageant of a residential community / William Chauncy Langdon.” Rare Books. WCSU Archives, 9 July 2019. Accessed on the Web: 26 Jan. 2020.



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