Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 20, 1976 · Page 100
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 100

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 20, 1976
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JOHN BROWN Juno 20,1976 Sunday Gasette-Mai! Charleston. West Virginia Famed Collection Returned, Placed in Cutltural Center The famed John Brown collection has been returned from Chicago where it has been the past three years to the new Science and Cultural Center. Two Charleston public relations consultants. John Deitz and James C. Welden, recovered the collection from a Chicago book dealer who previously had arranged with the heirs of the late Bo'yd B. Stutler of Charleston to sell the material for estate purposes. The collecion will reside with the state Library Commission where selected items will be displayed as part of the dedication ceremonies at the center. "When we became aware that the Stutler collection was still intact, and stored in Chicago, we determined to bring it back to West Virginia if it meant taking a truck out there and loading it." Deitz said. "And that's exactly what we did. The heirs, Mrs. Joan Stutler Reynes and William H. Stutler, agreed it should be in West Virginia and authorized us to go get it," he said. "It was unthinkable that the very foundation of an outstanding West Virginia book and manuscript collection should go by default to another state," Welden commented. "It now resides in West Virginia where it belongs and we propose to keep it here." * * * THE COLLECTION, gathered over a lifetime by Stutler, consists of an estimated 5.000 volumes, thousands of original letters, manuscripts, photographs and artifacts, and has been described by Dr. Robert F. Munn, Dean of Library Services at West Virginia University as "without question, the finest single collection on John Brown in existence and a splendid West Virginia collection as well. It would be impossible to overstate its importance." Munn said. Frederic J. Glazer, director of the West Virginia Library Commission, who supervises the new state library, arranged for display and storage of the collection at the cultural center. "This is an event of great significance to the West Virginia Library Commission and to the state of West Virginia," Glazer said. "It is difficult to estimate the true value of this definitive John Brown collection as well as the extensive collection of West Virginia history. It can provide our state with research material that is simply unavailable anywhere else," he said. 4 The Hero' Bicentennial Menotti Opera PHILADELPHIA - For his Bicentennial opera, Gian Carlo Menotti avoided the ceremonial bows to a colonial memory and raised instead an all-too-clear mirror to moral life today. His three-act opera, "The Hero." wax premiered recently at the Academy of Music here in the first of two local performances by the Opera , Company of Philadelphia. Like many of his later operas, this one is based, even in comedy, on central moral issues. In probing for laughter, his libretto proposes a symbol of modern man -- one who has grown famous and valuable to his fellow men because he has been asleep 10 years. In wakening to himself and a world grown crass around him. this hero confronts a symbol of honest youth and makes his moral choices in a way that supports the title. * * * DAVID MURPHY, is Menotti's hero. He rouses after that long sleep to find his wife has made him a museum attraction, a source of income and a tourist attraction second only to Niagara. His awakening is inopportune since one more day would have set a world record, an event planned with the unveiling of a sculpted bed in-the square of the small town Menotti has created. Menotti playfully has the hero wakened like sleeping beauty - by the kiss of a pretty cousin who had been a child when David went to sleep. Once awake, he must decide whether to fit his life deceitfully to the plots and schemes of his wife, the mayor and the doctor, or to risk public dis- · grace by admitting he woke up early. : How the theatrical puns abound! David ; sings a sililoquy "To Sleep or not to sleep, that is the question" and when the shrill wife and her lover the doctor are trying to , edit the tape that records the hero's sleep, they quote "Old Man River." In his piece, Menotti satirizes false patriotism, a business ethic that expresses itself in men who look and dress alike, the self pity of women, and the sophistry of public figures who lie to keep their positions. · * * * THIS MUSICAL PLAY makes great fun ! of tourist types and the needs of tourists to seek and scorn the unusual. Menotti the writer has created a stage, filled with important people, many of 1 them familiar from earlier opera and for the slightly ominous quality they bear. Menotti the composer has created a less vivid impression. His musical language is . close to conversation; the flow of language is the flow of melody. It is full of skillful rhythmic variety, little pauses, interjections. The arias, love duets and larger ensembles seem, however, more gesture than expression. The second act love d u e t echoes . "Madame Butterfly" in its sweep if not in its melodic invention, but that is an element of parody, too. Parodistic moments appear when Menotti uses a Mozart march · to accompany a pitch for dishonesty in the I name of patriotism and when the National ! Anthem is heard^dimly through the orchestra, v John Brown of his life, beginning in 1920 and ending with his death in 1970. He served as president of the West Virginia Historical Society and as managing editor of the Education Foundation in West Virginia, in addition to serving a managing editor of the American Legion Magazine and as national commander of the Legion. During his lifetime he also edited the Logan Banner and the Point Pleasant Sate Gazette, and owned and edited the Grantsville newspaper where he also served as mayor. He was the author of several books, including "West Virginia and the Civil War." and "Captain John Brown of Harper's Ferry." The collecion, in addition to his personal library, contains writing notes, research materials, hundreds of original letters by John Brown, his family and numerous public and private figures in the mid-1800s. Original etchings, poetry, paintings, photographs and artifacts relating to John Brown and early West vriginia are included. A 13-volume stamp collection is considered a separate part of the collection. The collection has been valued at 5150,000 and constitutes the remaining value of the Stutler estate. Deitz and Welden, who have been authorized by the estate to handle the collection, intend to find a West Virginian or an organization who wants to keep the valuable material within the "We're very happy to be the repository of slate - , , . . . . . this collection" "It belongs here and we expect it to stay Stutler, a state newspaperman and his- here - TM at ' s ^ we b r o u S h t ll back ' torian, gathered the material for 50 years thev said - DAVID If ONC, HOST WELCOMES YOU TO THE KIM TIKI LOUNGE THIS BICENTENNIAL YEAR. THE KIM TIKI SERVES THE FINEST IN AMERICAN AND POLYNESIAN FOOD WE HAVE DONE THE UTMOST COMBINING FINE MEAL PREPARATIONS AND SUITABLE DECOR TO MAKE DINING OUT AT THE KIM TIKI THE GREAT PLEASURE IT SHOULD BE. DAVID LEONG n 3 T i n P M FRI. SAT. 'TIL 12P.M. NOON TIU 0P.M. LUNCH BUFFET EVERYDAY 11:30'TIL 2P.M. All YOU CAN EAT *1.75 SUNDAY BUFFET 12 NOON'TIL 3P.M. 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When we move to One Valley Square later this summer we look forward to serving you in a more personal way than ever before. Kanawha Valley Bank invites the public to register for a Bicentennial commemorative bottle, complete with certificate of authentication, to be given away July 2. Sign up now in the lobby. People talk to ,NA Organized 1867 J Member FDIC Where Capitol Crosses Lee ttarteaon.\Afest Virginia 25326 Phone: 348-7000

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