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   Tap! The Greatest Tap Dance Stars and Their Stories, 1900–1955 by Rusty Frank
From the vaudeville era, throughthe Astaire–Rigers movies, th to intricate artistry of bepop, tap has dominated American dance with its rhythm, originality, and humor. With a foreward by Gregory Hines, this book collects the memories of 30 of America's best–loved dance stars, plus 200 rear theater, film, and publicity photos. Here Shirley Temple recalls the magical duo with Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, Fayard Nicholas describes his days at Harlem's Cotton Club; Fred Kelly visits his and his brother Gene's Pittsburgh dance studio, and much more. What is particularly valuable is the who's who of quickie bios plus a discography and list of the book.
7" x 9" 350 pages, index, illustrated, paperbound ISBN 0-306-80635-5
#240 Tap! $24.00
   Quilts of Virginia 1607-1899 The Birth of America Through the Eyes of a Needle
Presented by the Virginia Consortium of Quilters
This organization of quilters has published this book as their part in commemorating Virginia's 400th anniversary. Here are over 270 beautiful historic quilts and ephemerea in over 325 color and vintage photos. From quilted armor of the 17th century to crazy quilts of the 19th century, these personal family and museum treasures include homespun work of slaves and fancy work of freed women and First Ladies. Doubly informative as the text contains backgrounds of each quilt and a running history of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Also contains a glossary of quilter's terms, a timeline of VA history, and a list of places where quilts are displayed.
8½" X 11" 168 pages, index, fully illustrated, paperbound ISBN 0-7643-2465-9
#120 Quilts of Virginia $29.95

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  Harry Hosier, known as "Black Harry," was born a slave in North Carolina in 1750, gained his freedom after the Revolutionary War, and became a Methodist
Starting around 1780 and for the next 25 years Hosier traveled with itinerant preachers who promoted the fledgling Methodist Episcopal movement along the eastern seaboard.
Eventually the preachers let Hosier conduct a second service for blacks. His oratory was so dynamic that whites stayed in the back of the chapel to hear him preach.
Hosier's sermon "the Barren Fig Tree," preached at Adam's Chapel in Fairfax County, Virginia in May 1781 was the firs twritten account of a Methodist sermon by an African American.
In 1784 Oxford-educated Thomas Coke arrived in America with orders from John Wesley to organize a cohesive Methodist church.
Hosier served as Bishop Coke's guide and assistant on their mission through the Delmarva Peninsula.
Despite the fact that Hosier neer learned to read or write, Bishop Coke said of him, "He is one of the gratest preachers in the world."
Harry Hosier died in 1806 and was buried in Kensington, Pennsylvania.S

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