Monday, November 27, 1882
New York Daily Graphic, November 27, 1882
The Sun (New York), November 28, 1882, 1
The New York Herald, November 28, 1882, 5
The New York Daily Tribune, November 28, 1882, 5
Yorkville is a neighborhood on the upper east side of New York City. Its boundaries are: the East River on the east, 96th Street (where East Harlem begins) on the north, Third Avenue on the west and 72nd Street to the south. For much of the 19th century Yorkville was a middle- to working-class neighborhood, inhabited by people of Czech, German, Hungarian, Irish, Jewish, Lebanese, Polish, and Slovak descent.
Wilde’s lecture at was given for the YMCA.
The YMCA was founded in London in 1844 with the aim of instilling the principles of a healthy "body, mind and spirit". The Association founder, George Williams, was a draper typical of the young men who were drawn to the cities by the Industrial Revolution. By 1851, there were YMCAs in the Canada, the United States, Australia, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and France. The YMCA of Greater New York was founded in 1852 and the Yorkville YMCA was a branch of it which in 1882 met at Parepa Hall.
The reported full title of the lecture was: 'The Practical Application of the Principles of Home Decoration With Observations on Personal Dress and Ornaments'. This designation is similar to the full title of Wilde’s talk for the YMCA in Philadelphia on May 10.
NE corner of 86th Street and Third Avenue (now 201 E. 86th Street, New York, NY)
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