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5-13-1998; SMC, 11-18-1998; MN, 1999; MN, 12-6-2011
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Kersting (1908-1965) was an internationally known soprano opera singer who
spent her early childhood in Wichita. The collection contains photographs,
unsigned affidavits attesting to her heritage, articles about her, and memorabilia
of her performances in Wichita.
Kersting was an international known opera singer in the mid-20th century. She was born in Enid, Oklahoma, in 1908, and her
family moved to Wichita the following year. In 1922, she was discovered
by Madam Emma Calvé, an well-known opera teacher, and moved to Italy
to train with her. She returned to Wichita for a sold out
performance in 1928. She returned again in 1930 with the Chicago Civic Opera
Ms. Kersting moved to Germany
in 1932. After the rise of the Nazis she was refused permission to perform
until she had proved she was not of Jewish heritage. She remained in Germany
throughout World War II, a fact which led to the U.S. government
seizing her father's estate when he died in 1945. She returned to the United
States and taught at the Wichita School of Fine Arts until 1950. During
the 1950s she served the United States State Department as a cultural attaché to Germany. She died in Salzburg, Austria, in 1965.
Detailed Description: Series Listing
||Box 1 FF 1
of Wichita performances
||Box 1 FF 2-3
related to her residency in Germany
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||Box 1 FF 5
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Detailed Description: Box and Folder Listing
Series 1 ‒ Memorabilia of Wichita performances
||Brochure from Kathleen Kersting's Homecoming Concert at the Wichita Forum in 1928. Flyer from the 1930 Annual tour of the Chicago Civic Opera
Company which featured a stop in Wichita.
Series 2 ‒ Documents related to her residency in Germany
unsigned affidavits attesting that Kathleen Kersting is not Jewish,
from Cordell Hull to Arthur Capper dated April 28, 1933 concerning
Series 3 ‒ Photographs
photographs of Kathleen Kersting taken by Daguerre of Chicago.
Series 4 ‒ Articles
B & PWC (Business and Professional Women's Club) Convention Booster.
Wichita-Sedgwick County Arts and Humanities Council Newsletter,
Series 5 ‒ Ephemera
Public Library Card, 1932. Guest card to Crestview Country Club,