Friends of the Macdonald-Kelce Library invite the public to a discussion of The
How and The Why of Publishing, presented by Eugene H. Cropsey. The presentation
will be in room AV-2 of UT’s Macdonald-Kelce Library on Tuesday, October 24 at
3:30 p.m. The program will be preceded by light refreshments at 3 p.m.
Cropsey, a retired UT registrar (1967-96), is the author of Crosby’s Opera
House: A Symbol of Chicago’s Cultural Awakening. He will discuss his
experiences with the writing and publishing of the book, which has been praised
by reviewers since its release by the Farleigh Dickinson University Press,
drawing a solid share of critical acclaim for its vividness, accuracy and
Aside from being an opera and history buff, Cropsey is a great-great-grandson
of Albert Crosby, the owner and co-founder (along with Uranus Crosby, "the Beau
Brummel of Chicago") of the opera house that bore his name. It became a
post-civil war cultural destination that began eclipsing New York’s opera houses
until fate intervened in the form of the great Chicago fire.
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