By MICHAEL QUINN
The New York Times documents Founder’s Night on December 31, 1892. U.S. President Grover Cleveland addressed Edwin Booth and his fellow Players in front of our Great Fireplace in honor of our fourth anniversary. Although there is a sense of jubilation in the room, nobody anticipated the Panic of 1893 which would begin less than two months later. I see parallels to our modern times. The economic depression ended in 1897; however, in 1896 it helped elect Republican candidate William McKinley to the White House.
Michael Quinn is a NYC native, historian, performer, and entrepreneur who is a member of the Admissions Committee at The Players. Drop him a line here: email@example.com