INAUGURAL CELEBRATION 2002
The Oscar Wilde Society of America Inaugural
The foundation of the OWSOA was celebrated with a
series of events held in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota, on the
weekend of St. Patrick's Day 2002.
This inaugural celebration commemorated the 120th anniversary
of Oscar Wilde's lovely and memorable visit to the Twin Cities.
OSCAR WILDE SOCIETY
ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA
Friday, 15 March - Monday, 1 April:
"Oscar Wilde in the Twin Cities," University of Minnesota Andersen Library, Tim
Sixty-five items from the University of Minnesota Rare Books and
Special Collections, including an autograph letter from Wilde to Richard D'Oyly
Carte, written 16 March 1882 from the Metropolitan Hotel in St Paul.
Friday, 15 March: 3:00 - 5:00 p.m., ST
PATRICK'S DAY CELTIC
COLLECTION OPEN HOUSE
at the University of St. Thomas
The Center for Irish Studies and the Department of Special Collections
annual Open House featuring exhibits of rare Irish books from the
9,000-volume Celtic Collection. A selection of Wildeana was also on
A brief program at 3:30 p.m. featured readings and announcements from
representative Irish writers.
The Open House took place in the Department of Special Collections,
O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library, University of St. Thomas, 2115 Summit
Avenue, Saint Paul.
Saturday, 16 March: OSCAR WILDE DAY
IN SAINT PAUL
(by Proclamation of the Honorable Randy C. Kelly, Mayor of Saint Paul)
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., "Oscar Wilde's Visit to
the Twin Cities" Poster Exhibit. Archbishop Ireland Room, Saint Paul
10:30 a.m., Ireland Room, gathering of everyone
interested in being a part of the Oscar Wilde Society of America
Marching Unit for the Saint Patrick's Day Parade through downtown
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Saint Patrick's Day Parade
2:00 - 5:00 p.m., Meeting of the Oscar Wilde
Society of America, Archbishop Ireland Room, Saint Paul Hotel.
Welcome of the Society
Remarks by Lionel
Johnson, Editor in Chief of the Oscar Wilde Society of America
"Oscar Wilde: Shame and Beauty," a talk by Professor Andrew
Elfenbein of the University of Minnesota
Theatre reading of Oscar Wilde's "The Selfish Giant" & "The
Remarkable Rocket" by The Red Cedar Dramatic Company
Many thanks to everyone who
To commemorate the inaugural meeting
of the Oscar Wilde Society of America the Ampersand Club of the Twin
Cities issued a fine-press reprint of Oscar Wilde's essay, The
Beauties of Bookbinding.
Copies of this beautiful broadside
designed by Dennis Ruud & Chip Schilling, printed at Indulgence Press
of Minneapolis, are available for purchase.
Click here for more details.