Kluge Fellow Sheryl Kaskowitz to Discuss “Government Song Woman” Sidney Robertson, Nov. 3–Dispatch, October 27, 2016

On Thursday, November 3rd at 4 p.m., Kluge Fellow Sheryl Kaskowitz will lecture on the “government song woman” and folk-music collector Sidney Robertson.

In her travels as a “government song woman” during the 1930s, folk-music collector Sidney Robertson recorded a wide range of musical expression that would help to shape the folk music revival in the decades that followed. Kluge Fellow Sheryl Kaskowitz discusses how beyond this important musical contribution, Sidney’s letters and reports from these trips paint a vivid picture of life in Depression-era America and shed light on the government’s use of music in the service of uniting the people during the New Deal.

What: “’Delight in What It Is to be an American’: Sidney Robertson on the Road, 1935-1937” a lecture by Kluge Fellow Sheryl Kaskowitz.

When: Thursday, November 3, 2016, 4:00 p.m.

Where: Room LJ-119, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C.

Free and open to the public. Tickets are not needed.

Directions and maps: http://www.loc.gov/visit/directions/

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