Oscar Wilde In America

DETAiled verification of Oscar Wilde’s lecture tour of North America



Grand Opera House

Thursday, March 2, 1882

The Decorative Arts


Newspaper report

The Chicago Tribune, March 6,1882, 5

Also Noted

The Chicago Tribune, March 5, 1999 

Oscar Wilde Well-received In Rockford…Again

by H. Lee Murphy

"Wilde first became known to Americans during a long lecture tour. Indeed, he stopped to speak one March evening in 1882 at the Rockford Opera House, staying at the old Holland House and dining at the home of a Dr. Thomas Butler, according to the Rockford Daily Gazette account at the time.

The Gazette said that Wilde attracted a small but attentive audience at his Rockford appearance."

* While this is not a primary source in itself, it is the reporting of a primary source, and there is no reason to doubt it


Grand Opera House

113-117 North Wyman Street, Rockford, IL

Incorporated: November 6, 1880 

Opened: November 12, 1881

Seating: 1500

Closed (as an Opera House): 1917

Demolished: April, 1927


Rockford Reminisce


Holland House

SE corner of Elm and Main Streets, Dubuque, IA

Built: 1854-56

Named for: John A. Holland, attorney

Opened: April 1856

Destroyed (fire): December 24, 1896

Holland House (left foreground).

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