MUSSELS, MOONSHINE, MUSIC: MISSISSIPPI VALLEY MIGRANTS IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY.

April 18, 2016
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

Dennis Stroughmatt

Monday April 18 @ 7 PM at the Trail of Tears State Forest.
Shawnee Chapter, Illinois Audubon Society’s Annual “Under the Stars at Trail of Tears State Forest ” program.
This year Shawnee Chapter is pleased to once again host a presentation in partnership with the Illinois Humanities Road Scholars Speakers Bureau, and will be featuring musician and storyteller Dennis Stroughmatt. Dennis’ program is:
 MUSSELS, MOONSHINE, MUSIC: MISSISSIPPI VALLEY MIGRANTS IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY.
 
 
In a time almost forgotten, the Midwest and upper South were home to thousands of Americans who lived and worked along or on the rivers as sharecroppers, fishermen, mussel shellers, button cutters, traveling minstrels, and even moonshiners.  Work was their lives, and the work was hard.  Although they were the backbone of industry in cities like Muscatine, Iowa, and Cairo, Illinois, they played too, enjoying the music of Memphis and St. Louis along their way.
 
Musician and cultural historian Dennis Stroughmatt will lead a voyage of discovery incorporating artifacts, folktales, and performances in river-based musical styles passed down from his mussel-shelling and river-working grandfather Chancy Stroughmatt’s generation.  He will invite audiences to visit the history of early-20th-century Illinois and even sing along to the music of the age.
 
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