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History Sandwiched In: Pinery Boys – Lumberjack Songs of the Upper Midwest and the Man who Collected Them

Tue October 10 @ 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

$3

As the heyday of lumber camps faded, a young scholar named Franz Rickaby strapped a fiddle on his back to seek the quickly disappearing songs of Upper Midwestern lumberjacks. Rickaby fell into easy conversation with the men, collecting not just song lyrics but tunes, making careful notes about singers’ lives and performances. His book on lumberjack music became a classic, but he died at the age of 36 before it was published. One hundred years later his granddaughter, Gretchen Dykstra, traced his footsteps and tells the story of her quest, with folklorist Jim Leary chiming in on Rickaby’s enduring folksong legacy.

Dykstra and Leary’s new book “Pinery Boys: Songs and Songcatching in the Lumberjack Era” incorporates, commemorates, contextualizes, and complements Rickaby’s earlier work with an introduction, annotations, and biographical information.

Venue

Wisconsin Historical Museum
30 N Carroll St
Madison,WI53703United States
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Phone:
6082646555
Website:
http://historicalmuseum.wisconsinhistory.org/

Organizer

Wisconsin Historical Museum
Phone:
608-264-6555
Email:
museum@wisconsinhistory.org
Website:
http://historicalmuseum.wisconsinhistory.org/

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