It’s true. You can now explore Carnegie Hall’s amazing 130-year history through the treasures in their Digital Collections. In the archives you’ll find historic programs, flyers, photographs, tickets, and more. 

I was especially fascinated with the multimedia experience, Andrew Carnegie: His Life and Legacy. I grew up in a tiny town in rural Kansas. As a youngster, I spent a whole lot of time in the Carnegie Library on the corner of Main and Belfry Streets. The library provided wide-open windows for me to see and explore other lands, and big cities—with skyscrapers!

Be sure to take a look at the 12-page booklet, A Brief History of Carnegie Hall. I was surprised to discover the conversations that led to the creation of the Hall began in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

More than 130 years shown in 7 minutes.

According to the Brief History, “The story of Carnegie Hall begins in the middle of the Atlantic.
In the spring of 1887, on board a ship traveling from New York to London, newlyweds Andrew Carnegie (the rich industrialist) and Louise Whitfield (daughter of a well-to-do New York merchant) were on their way to the groom’s native Scotland for their honeymoon. Also on board was the 25-year-old Walter Damrosch, who had just finished his second season as conductor and musical director of the Symphony Society of New York and the Oratorio Society of New York, and was traveling to Europe for a summer
of study with Hans von Bülow. Over the course of the voyage, the couple developed a friendship with Damrosch, inviting him to visit them in Scotland. It was there, at an estate called Kilgraston, that Damrosch discussed his vision for a new concert hall in New York City. Carnegie expressed interest in committing a portion of his enormous wealth to the project, and the idea of Carnegie Hall was born.”

Here’s a good place to start your journey through Carnegie Hall’s digital files. BTW, I’m not responsible for any rabbit holes you may be drawn into.