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Ragtime and Our Immigrant Story

Bristol’s Library & Theatre Collaboration


Bristol, PA – Author E.L. Doctorow gave American literature a new perspective with his 1975 book Ragtime. Some critics called the best-selling historical novel a montage, a kaleidoscope of personas, while others called it a tapestry of our country’s history. It is this historical tapestry aspect that beckons Bristolians and the public to Bristol Riverside Theatre for the musical Ragtime, this March, and to the collaboration with the Grundy Library.

Ragtime and Our Immigrant Story” will provide the public with the opportunity to delve into their own family history with a series of programs that will inform people about the musical, teach them how to document family history using oral history techniques, and provide recording sessions to memorialize their family story.

On February 5, 2015, Bristol Riverside Theatre’s Artistic Director Keith Baker will host an introduction and discussion of the groundbreaking novel and musical at the Grundy Library at 6:30 pm. Award-winning producer of both public radio and video documentaries Dr. Charles Hardy III (of West Chester University) will lead an oral history workshop on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at the Grundy Library. Participants will learn how to collect their family’s history and stories in this age of digitization. Then, on Saturday, February 21, 2015 and Saturday, March 7, 2015, from 11am to 4pm, by appointment, the Grundy Library will host oral history recording sessions with staff and volunteers on hand for assistance and guidance. These recordings will be added to the Library’s permanent collection and will be edited into a video, which will run on both organizations’ websites and in the lobby of the theatre during the run of the musical, from March 17, 2015 to April 12, 2015.

For more information, or to make a reservation for this program, visit, or call 215.788.7891 ext. 5 or ext. 6. For tickets to the musical, visit or call the Bristol Riverside Theatre box office at 215.785.0100.





Naturally Sharp Vocal Jazz Ensemble

Direct from Drexel University


Bristol, PA – Drexel University’s dynamic vocal jazz ensemble Naturally Sharp will perform at the Margaret R. Grundy Memorial, 680 Radcliffe Street, on Monday, February 9, 2015 beginning at 6:30 pm (snow date is Tuesday, February 10, 2015). Under the direction of Dr. Steven Powell, Naturally Sharp is comprised of 15 singers chosen by audition from among the University Chorus. The group, attired in gowns and tuxes, performs “anything that swings” from the last 100 years. Reserve your seat for this free, limited engagement online at, by calling 215.788.7891 ext. 5 or ext. 6.

This program is offered by Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Library, in collaboration with Drexel University in support of the PA Forward | Pennsylvania Libraries initiative.  Libraries are key to powering progress and elevating the quality of life in PA by fueling the types of knowledge essential to success: Basic Literacy, Information Literacy, Civic and Social Literacy, Health Literacy, and Financial Literacy.