News From Terre Haute, Indiana

April 20, 2013

‘Paul Dresser Day’ in Fairbanks Park set Monday

Special to the Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Terre Haute is remembering a favorite son, on what would have been his 155th birthday.

Monday is being declared “Paul Dresser Day” in Terre Haute. The public is invited to the south side of Fairbanks Park, where a celebration is planned from 3 to 5 p.m., near the Paul Dresser home. Activities include a proclamation by Mayor Duke Bennett and the partaking of birthday cake.

Paul Dresser was born in Terre Haute on April 22, 1858, and is remembered as one of the best songwriters of his time.

Last month, both houses of the Indiana General Assembly passed resolutions honoring Dresser for his song, “On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away,” on its centennial anniversary as Indiana’s state song.