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Desert Dancer Alan Lomax in the Upper Midwest podcasts (6) Alan Lomax in the Upper Midwest podcasts 23 Oct 13

Alan Lomax and the Soundscapes of the Upper Midwest
75th anniversary of the Library of Congress Folk-Song Expedition to Michigan

In 1938 the Library of Congress dispatched the pioneering folklorist and song collector Alan Lomax to complete a folklife survey of the Great Lakes region. He set off in a 1935 Plymouth sedan, toting a Presto instantaneous disc recorder and a moving image camera. He returned almost three months later, having driven thousands of miles on barely paved roads, with a cache of 250 discs and 8 reels of film. These materials documented the incredible range of ethnic diversity and occupational folklife in Michigan.

This podcast series marks the 75th anniversary of Alan Lomax's historic documentation of music and folklore in Michigan-- and its lasting impact on our lives today. If you want to learn more about this remarkable trip, as well as public programming and performances, a traveling exhibition, and the dissemination of recordings to their home communities, go to the American Folklife Center website at Look for the e-book, "Michigan-I-O," published by Dust to Digital Records in association with the Library of Congress, available through the iBookstore beginning November 1st, 2013.

Alan Lomax's vast documentary collection including the materials from the 1938 expedition to Michigan is housed at the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress. The Center thanks its project collaborators, which include the Michigan Council for the Humanities, the Michigan State University Museum, the Great Lakes Traditions Endowment, the Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Culture at the University of Wisconsin, the Association for Cultural Equity, and the Finlandia Foundation.

There are 4 podcasts up right now, and more to come.

On Facebook, the American Folklife Center says, "It's the 75th anniversary of Alan Lomax's 1938 field trip to the Upper Midwest. To celebrate, AFC is producing a number of events and publications, including a series of podcasts on Lomax's trip. Please visit the link to listen to the first four podcasts. Subscribe to make sure you won't miss future episodes!"

~ Becky in Long Beach

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