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Art Spaces commemorated Paul Dresser, Terre Haute native and author of Indiana’s state song, with a sculpture near his home in Fairbanks Park recently. The dedication was October 15, 2014.  Art Spaces anticipates that this sculpture honoring this world renowned cultural treasure  will become a destination site, attracting visitors as well as residents and students.

Check out the you tube video link showcasing the dedication, courtesy of Neil Garrison.

The Wabash and The Wabash Volume II are collections of songs about the Wabash River sung by musicians with roots in the Wabash Valley, produced to raise funds for “The Paul Dresser Project.” Learn about the CDs and how to purchase them...

At the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth century, Paul Dresser (1858-1906) was one of our nation’s most important songwriters. In fact, at his death the New York Daily News called him “the greatest of American popular song writers.” Sheet music for his most important song, “On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away,” was the second-highest selling of the era (surpassed only by Foster’s “Swanee River”); and it was officially named Indiana’s state song in 1913. Members of the Indiana State Legislature reaffirmed their commitment to the song in April 2013.

Dresser spent much of his early life in Terre Haute and often wrote fondly about his hometown. In 1963 the house in which he was born was saved from destruction when it was moved from its original neighborhood to Fairbanks Park along the Wabash River. In 1967 the Indiana General Assembly designated his home as State Shrine and Memorial, and the National Music Council listed it as “A Landmark of American Music."  It is also on the National Register of Historic Places and is under the care of the Vigo County Historical Society and the local Parks Department. 


  Paul Dresser




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