Advertising for the Lyceum Events

Advertising for Lyceum events took place in a variety of ways. Below is a few suggestions for a successful advertisement.

1. Newspapers- "Use the newspaper liberally and pay for their use. The man who earns his daily bread by running a newspaper does not run soap advertisements for free... Use a liberal amount of advertising space, and he will gladly print all the interesting write-ups and news items you furnish him. To give the course sufficient publicity the Lyceum in all its various phases should be kept before the public year around, not in a forced, paid-for sort of way, but in an interesting, enlightening manner...The public should become interested in knowing who and what is to be heard on next year's Lyceum course" (Who's Who in the Lyceum? 44-45).

2. Large display advertisement- "...have them set in bold type, running across the entire page, under a conspicuous heading, discussing only one attraction in each article." Put the advertisement "on a large cardboard mat, 30x40 various colors at a furniture store" (Who's Who in the Lyceum, 45-46).

3. Other kinds of advertising techniques- "A few days before the appearance of each attraction put up the lithographs or window cards of the attraction...on these lithographs print the date and hour of the performance, the price of single admission, also the price of season tickets...Post these lithographs, or cards, as conspicuously as possible, saving a few to be used on the day of the performance" (48). "Arrange eight, ten, or twenty lithographs of the same attraction in a well-proportioned group on a conspicuous billboard, leaving narrow, uniform spaces between them, and a space in the center of the group for one large, conspicuous date sheet... On the day that the attraction is to arrive, place on the street corners, in front of hotels, and in as many places as possible, small bulletin boards on which is pasted a lithograph of the attraction to appear that evening... Offer prizes to high school pupils for the best write-ups of the attractions as they come along" (49).
"Next to the importance of putting up attractive display advertising before an attraction comes is the importance of tearing it down after that attraction is gone. An uncleared table spoils the appetite for the next meal" (Who's Who in the Lyceum, 50).


The Man Who Made the Lyceum Popular

Josiah Holbrook was the man responsible for bringing the idea of the Lyceum to America. The first Lyceum that was established in America was the founded in Worcester County's Millbury, Massachusetts.


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