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New York Times, August 28, 1905.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net.  Re-post from  Blogfinger 2012. From our Department of Historical Perspective.

In the newspaper article above, from the August 28, 1905 New York Times, we get an idea about how wild it could get at the old camp ground in Ocean Grove, only 36 years after the town’s founding. The event was called a “love feast,” and the article clearly describes what that term means.  You might  have imagined that services in the GA in 1905 were pretty staid affairs, but now we know that they were anything but.

Some parts of the description seem peculiar like singing three hymns all at once.  I wonder what the orchestra did with that situation.

Amanda Berry Smith was a former slave who became an evangelical preacher. She was known for her beautiful voice.  We don’t have any recordings of her, but here is a Sam Cooke recording  (with the Soul Stirrers) of  “I’m So Glad (Trouble don’t  last always):”

And if you think that church services were all they did in the Great Auditorium in 1905, one month before the Love Feast, President Theodore Roosevelt spoke to the Convention of the National Education Association on July 7, 1905.  A photo shows a full house. Not only was the place packed, but there were “throngs’ outside including soldiers and military bands.  The President gave the closing speech.   Behind him were the massed Festival Chorus and the Ocean Grove Orchestra.  After he finished, they performed the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s “Messiah”.

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