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Sidney Robertson Cowell

May 9th 2017 @ Whittall Pavilion

Washington, DC
I Was There
Tuesday, May 9th, 2017
12:00 PM
Whittall Pavilion
10 First Street Southeast, Washington, DC 20540
High Noon Curator Talk“Sidney Robertson Cowell and the WPA California Folk Music Project, 1938-40”Catherine Hiebert Kerst, PhD, American Folklife Center
As a young woman of 35, Sidney Robertson proposed, organized, and directed a California Work Projects Administration project designed to survey musical traditions from a wide range of English-speaking and immigrant communities in Northern California. The result of her efforts generated a remarkable multi-format ethnographic field collection (with recordings, photographs, sketches and drawings of the musical instruments, and field notes)—the WPA California Folk Music Project (1938-1940)--that captured a unique cross-section of the music that people of many backgrounds were performing at the time.
Daytime Event without ReservationsGeneral AdmissionRegistration is encouraged but not required—opens January 4, 2017—10am ET.
Seating is general admission and provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is encouraged so that patrons can be contacted in the event of a cancellation or change of venue, and so that the staff can anticipate how many may be attending. Registration is NOT required, however, and patrons are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes in advance of the scheduled start of the event for best seating options.
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Photo: [Sidney Cowell, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing right] / World-Telegram photo by Higgins. 1948. New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection (Library of Congress).
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