Singer and researcher Linda Radtke, dressed in period costume and joined by pianist Arthur Zorn, shares songs popular in Vermont during the Civil War as well as letters from Vermonters from the era. From sentimental songs about the girl back home to satirical ballads, Ms. Radtke traces the evolution of tone in Vermont popular song, from patriotic to elegiac as the war continued. The sheet music collection from the Vermont Historical Society is brought to life in this presentation. Radtke will read letters from local soldiers, dedicating songs to those from the area who served.
Funded project of Vermont Humanities. Vermont Humanities is a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.