This early bi-fold brochure can be dated to 1952 or 53. The state-managed memorial opened in 1950, and the brochure mentions that the opening was a little over two years ago. It’s a simple brochure, depicting a famous painting of Stephen Foster surrounded by the subjects of many of his minstrel songs. The other side describes what visitors can see at the memorial.
The memorial is part of a park currently known as the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park. It’s located on the banks of the Suwannee River, which is referred to in one of his most famous songs. It’s a bit of an oddity, because Foster never visited Florida nor did he see the Suwannee River. The most accepted account of the Suwannee/Foster connection states that his brother suggested the river’s name to Foster to fit into the song’s lyrics. The river plays no significant role in the song even though many people believe it’s in the title. On the contrary, the song is entitled “Old Folks at Home”.