presentation was originally developed from "Diggin's" performances at
Columbia State Historic Park in California and then adapted for Inquiring
Mind, a program of Humanities Washington. Please contact me for details.
The 49er - A Gold Run Musicianer
This is a 50 minute one
man show featuring several Stephen Foster songs and original 19th Century material taken from a
by Mart Taylor in the 1850’s. John performs this material using an
authentic antique 19th guitar and a self-made replica 19th
Century fretless banjo.
“Mart Taylor and his
Original Company” is based on an authentic historical personage who
entertained throughout the California gold camps of the 1850s.
For the State of Washington
John adapts this presentation for the 1850's Puget Sound.
Democrat" printed a review of a "Taylor's Minstrels" performance in
Washington Territory in 1859. (This was a different Taylor, but of similar
profession.) As the Puget Sound
filled with farmers, loggers and other entrepreneurs during the 1850’s, the
thriving communities of Tumwater, Olympia, Port Gamble and even the new
muddy settlement of Seattle, were hungry for entertainment. With the regular
steamship service available in the 1850s, it became possible for theatrical troupes,
minstrel shows and other forms of entertainment to profitably ply their
trade in the Washington territory.
Above image scanned from a Wm Dunniway tin
type taken MMXI, in Columbia, CA
is suitable for elementary through adult audiences.
Fee for a single performance of this program is $300 +
transportation & lodging, if outside the greater Seattle/ greater Seattle/
Tacoma/ Olympia, WA area.
Usual program length is approximately 1 hour.
For booking information:
or call 206-497-0049
Write: 3607 Broadmoor Dr NE,
Tacoma, WA 98422
OPTIONAL OUT-DOOR EVENT PERFORMANCES
This one man show can be offered as an outdoor presentation
complement 19th Century reenactments or themed events complete with
a tent and printed programs. The Show can be presented every few
hours during the day. A "first person" living history 19th Century camp can be maintained for single or multi-day events with
replica 19th Century cooking implements and other accoutrements remaining on display
For complete camp set up at
special events, basic one day fee is $500.00; multiple day events add $100.00. per
( Out-of-area travel expenses not included. )