Learn about 'Mussels, Moonshine, Music' Nov. 27

  • Musician and cultural historian Dennis Stroughmatt presents "Mussels, Moonshine, Music: Mississippi Valley Migrants in the 20th Century" Sunday, Nov. 27.

    Musician and cultural historian Dennis Stroughmatt presents "Mussels, Moonshine, Music: Mississippi Valley Migrants in the 20th Century" Sunday, Nov. 27. Courtesy of Dennis Stroughmatt

 
 
Updated 11/22/2016 9:00 PM

In a time almost forgotten, the Midwest and upper South were home to thousands of Americans who lived and worked along or on rivers as sharecroppers, fishermen, mussel-shellers, button-cutters, traveling minstrels, and moonshiners.

The Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave., will present "Mussels, Moonshine, Music: Mississippi Valley Migrants in the 20th Century" at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27.

 

Musician and cultural historian Dennis Stroughmatt examines this lifestyle using artifacts, photographs, folk tales, and a performance of river-based music passed down from the hardworking generation of his grandfather, Chancy Stroughmatt.

This Sundays on Stage program is made possible by an award from the Illinois Humanities Council. The Sundays on Stage 2016-17 season is sponsored by the Batavia Public Library Foundation.

Registration required at www.BataviaPublicLibrary.org or by calling the reference desk, (630) 879-1393, ext. 200.