Hanlan, James P.
Ljungquist, Kent P.
Bayard Taylor, John Stoddard, and Burton Holmes were three major figures who gave travel lectures in Worcester and also nationally from the 1850's to the 1950's. These lectures evolved from educational talks on foreign lands into visual presentations meant mostly as a form of entertainment. The changing format of the travel lecture was shaped by emerging technologies throughout these years that allowed lecturers to project images, and eventually introduce motion pictures as a vehicle for entertaining and educating their audiences.
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