Pete Ellertsen, Ph.D., retired English/Journalism/Cultural Studies professor at Benedictine University, presents, “The Music Behind the Poetry: Vernacular Traditions in Vachel Lindsay’s and Edgar Lee Masters’ Writing.” Ellertsen’s presentation spotlights the music that inspired both central Illinois poets including gospel and fiddle music. He accompanies his chat playing the dulcimer, of which he studied Appalachian dulcimer and American musical traditions at Western Carolina University and the John C. Campbell Folk School at Brasstown, N.C. Seating is limited. Tours and refreshments follow.Let Us Be Bold With Our Songs
Saturday, Sept. 18, 2pm
Vachel Lindsay Home State Historic Site
603 S. Fifth St.