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Cheatham, Kitty (1864-1946) [Webster defines "Success"...]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05508.066 Author/Creator: Cheatham, Kitty (1864-1946) Place Written: Titusville, Pennsylvania Type: Autograph manuscript signed Date: 1 June 1940 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: This is a speech dedicating the Drake Memorial Mausoleum Shrine to the world's first oil well, drilled in Titusville, Pennsylvania by Edwin C. Drake in 1859. Cheatham's speech discusses the meaning of success. She refers to Jesus Christ as the world's greatest success, and discusses how his teachings inspire her to produce art reflecting her love and reverence for children.

People: Cheatham, Kitty
Drake, Edwin C.

Historical Era: Great Depression and World War II, 1929-1945

Keywords/Subjects: Woman Author, Women's History, Art, Music, Theater, and Film, Religion, Children and Family, Monument

Sub Era: World War II