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John Durang Collection 

John Durang's memoir is one of the treasures found in the York County Heritage Trust Library & Archives. This volume, written sometime after 1816, came to the Historical Society of York County through the efforts of James Shettel, a Historical Society board member and supporter. It captures Durang's experiences on the American stage during the early days of the19th century.

The American Society for Theatre Research was approached by the Historical Society of York County through the efforts of Alan S. Downer of Princeton University and an agreement was made. The Memoir of John Durang American Actor 1785-1816 was published in 1966 for the Historical Society of York County and the American Society for Theatre Research by the University of Pittsburgh Press.

Through the efforts of Lynn Matluck Brooks, Director of the Dance Program and co-editor of Dance Chronicle: Studies in Dance and the Related Arts at Franklin & Marshall College, Durang's work continues to live. Assisted by Tori Lawrence, she has created the website John Durang: Forming America on Stage. Here one can learn about Durang, an American dancer, actor, manager and artist. Listen to his music and enjoy the vibrant colors of his watercolors.

Click here to view the John Durang website.


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