Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Clara Louise Kellogg

Marker ID: SCHM 43-20
Location: SW comer S Main & Dugan streets, Sumter
County: Sumter
Coordinates: N 33° 55.145    W 080° 20.519
  33.91908333    -80.34198333
Style: Free Standing **


Clara Louise Kellogg, said to be the first American - trained prima donna, was born near here in 1842. Her family later moved to New York, where, at age fourteen, she began to study voice, making her debut four years later. Miss Kellogg soon became world famous. A leading operatic soprano in America and abroad, she sang in such cities as London, Vienna, and Saint Petersburg.

Erected by Sumter County Historical Society - 1980

In 1873, Clara Louise Kellogg, world-famous American prima donna, helped organize the English Opera Company, one of the earliest attempts in this country to produce opera in English. At the height of her career, Miss Kellogg included her native Sumter on a concert tour. In 1887, she married her manager, Carl Strakosch and withdrew from public life. She died in New Hartford, Connecticut, in 1916.

Erected by Sumter County Historical Commission - 1980