Dedication ceremony for Delacorte Theater in Central Park

Monday, June 18, 1962

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Morris Newbold introduces Joe Papp.

Joe Papp speaks about the long road to the realization of the Delacorte Theater. He speaks about how the theater's foundation is a testament to democracy, and note the significance of keeping Shakespeare in the Park free.

Papp quotes the WNYC pre-war era sign-off, attributing it to Mayor LaGuardia, "This is New York, a city of opportunity where nearly 8 million people live in peace and harmony and enjoy the benefits of democracy."

He reads a message from Jackie Kennedy.

Newbold thanks many responsible for the completion of this project. He speaks about the architect, and makes a great tribute to the generosity of George T. Delacorte Jr. and dedicates the theater in his name.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 42731


Newbold Morris and Joseph Papp


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