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UNIVERSITY OF PITT
STEPHEN FOSTER MEMORIAL
The Stephen Collins Foster Memorial is a performing arts center and museum which houses the Stephen Foster Archives
at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. It is dedicated to the life and works of American
songwriter Stephen Foster.

Stephen Collins Foster (1826 –1864), known as "the father of American music", was an American songwriter primarily
known for his parlor and minstrel music. Foster wrote over 200 songs; among his best-known are "Oh! Susanna",
"Camptown Races", "Old Folks at Home", "My Old Kentucky Home", "Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair", "Old Black Joe",
and "Beautiful Dreamer". Many of his compositions remain popular more than 150 years after he wrote them. His
compositions are thought to be autobiographical. He has been identified as "the most famous songwriter of the
nineteenth century", and may be the most recognizable American composer in other countries. His compositions are
sometimes referred to as "childhood songs" because they are included in the music curriculum of early education.
The Log Cabin at the University of Pittsburgh, located near Forbes Avenue, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania adjacent to the
school's Cathedral of Learning, serves as a landmark that symbolizes the university's origins on the 18th Century western
frontier of the early United States. The current log cabin, estimated to date from the 1820s to 1830s, was reconstructed on
the university's campus for its bicentennial celebration in order to represent Pitt’s original log structure that served the
institution through the school's founding in 1787 to the construction of a brick building sometime in the 1790s.
THE FOSTER HOMESTEAD
Birthplace of Stephen Collins Foster, the Famous Composer
Penn Avenue and Butler Street
UNIVERSITY OF PITT
THE LOG CABIN