Northwestern professor to lecture at Oklahoma Historical Society Conference

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Northwestern professor to lecture at Oklahoma Historical Society Conference

Dr. Sarah Chan, Northwestern Oklahoma State University assistant professor of music, will be lecturing on “Songs of the American West Frontier” at the 2014 Oklahoma Historical Society Conference Thursday, April 24, at 10:30 a.m. at the Stillwater Community Center, 315 west 8th Avenue.

The conference is held over a three-day period, from April 23 to 25, with the theme being "Crossroads of Commerce.”  Chan's presentation will present a survey of the musical cultures that accompanied the westward expansion of American frontier and pioneer settlement during the antebellum period through the early 1930s.

“The journeys of Native Americans, pioneers, railroaders, soldiers, miners, bandits, cowboys, ranchers, homesteaders, and others who sojourned and traversed the American continent produced transformations in the social, economic, and cultural landscape of America for generations to follow,” Chan said.  “Illuminating the history of travel and travail through the music of its people, this presentation offers a rare glimpse into the lament and joy of those souls who dared traverse the rugged American West during one of the greatest times of territorial expedition and expansion.”

For more information on the lecture and conference visit http://www.nwosu.edu/dr-sarah-chan-lecture-at-oklahoma-historical-society-conference or contact Chan at sschan@nwosu.edu or (580) 327-8690.

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