March 9, 2017
This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
Today’s program is about an act that appeared at the Opera House in April of 1909.
An article in the “Junction City Union” newspaper included comments by the writer about the upcoming event which read as follows:
“Comparatively few people can afford the luxury of traveling abroad, but everyone can enjoy the delights of travel without any of its discomforts by journeying via Lyman Howe’s “Travel Circus Magic Lantern Show” appearing at the Opera House this Thursday evening. In his newest video program, Mr. Howe promised to escort his travelers to the Montreal Ice Palace and Winter Carnival then through the scenic grandeur of the Rockies in the winter and into the heart of the great Canadian wilds, where the severe life of the lumber camp would be shown.
By taking them to the top of a battleship, he promised everyone an experience which could happen to few. The stirring and striking scenes on the deck below would impart a new sensation. In fact the whole program would be extremely diverting and delightful, ranging from the sublimely beautiful scenes of sunset and moonlight on land and sea to the inner mechanisms of the great ship. The show was to include a tour through France and any other European States. It would conclude with distinctly novel portraits of English noblemen.”
This was a way to virtually transport people to other places for a short while then return them home again to Junction City without leaving their seats in the Opera House. This magic continues at our Opera House when we attend programs there. If you haven’t been to a show or have never been in the Opera House, stop by during the day after 10:00 for a tour. You may want to call first. The number is 238-3906. This has been “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.