Dr. Sarah Chan, Lecture,"Songs of the American West Frontier and Settlement", Aline, OK

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Dr. Sarah Chan, Lecture,"Songs of the American West Frontier and Settlement", Aline, OK

Sat, April 20, 2013 10:00 AM

Dr. Sarah Chan presents "Songs of the American West Frontier and Settlement:  Music of the Pioneers, Soldiers, Railroaders, Miners, Cowboys, Ranchers, and Homesteaders" at the Sod House Museum, Oklahoma Historical Site in Aline, OK.

The lecture traces the musical culture and influence which the massive penetration of pioneer travelers and settlers brought to the American West from the time period of the 1840s to the Great Depression.  The influx of these voyagers brought a dominance of new, diverse lifestyles and the development of a new cultural fabric that characterized Western frontier civilization for subsequent decades.  As settlers traveled westward, they had plenty to say about their life and experiences—their journey, livelihood, labor, land, dreams, and even thoughts about each other.  Pioneers, soldiers, railroaders, miners, cowboys, ranchers, homesteaders, religious groups, and others encountering new lands, people, occupations, and challenges carried with them new songs, lament, and folklore.   The presentation will explore songs of the Western frontier that illuminated this vast richness of history and social movement across the American Plains and Coast.  More significantly, it will offer a glimpse into the intimate perspectives and sentiments of pioneers whose lives largely shaped the story of the great American West and whose legacy remains an important voice in its present cultural history.

The Sod House Museum is located southeast of Aline, OK, on State Highway 8.  For more information, contact Museum Director, Renee Trindle, at (580) 463-2441 or sodhouse@okhistory.org.