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Music from the Great War with Dale Evans

Sat Nov 11 13:00:00 2017

As part of the Museum’s continuation of programming to commemorate the centennial of World War I, the Museum will host local artist, musician, and luthier Dale Evans and singer/songwriter Hannah Kerrigan, for a musical program featuring their renditions of well known, (and not so well known) songs from the Great War on Saturday, November 11 at 1:00 p.m. The program will be held in the Governor Fifer Courtroom and will be free and open to the public.

In times of war, artists and musicians have often been called upon to use their talents in the pursuit of “victory.” The explosion of publishing popular music after the U.S. Civil War saw its peak during the Great War of 1914. The performance will also include a display of Evans’ collection of colorful song sheets and original 78 rpm recordings played on his Victrola.
Dale Evans was born and raised in Bloomington. He received a Master of Fine Arts from Herron School of Art at Indiana University. He is a self-taught musician who has built hundreds of instruments including hammered dulcimers, banjos, and many other folk and exotic instruments. Evans teaches watercolor at the McLean County Arts Center and his interest in World War I sheet music blends his three passions—art, music and history.

Hannah Kerrigan, also a native of Bloomington, has been singing and writing songs since childhood. It was only until recently that she began to share this talent, accompanied by dear friend and musical partner, Dale Evans. Both Kerrigan and Evans share a passion for traditional folk music.

Prior to the program, the public is invited to attend the annual Veterans Day Ceremony that will be held on the east side of the Museum. The ceremony will begin at 11 minutes before 11:00 a.m. with the American Legion color guard firing one round each minute until 11:00 a.m. Veterans Day began as Armistice Day to mark the cessation of hostilities during World War I on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved inside to the Museums Gov. Fifer Courtroom.\

For more information about this program, please contact the Education Department at 309-827-0428 or via email at education@mchistory.org.

Music from the Great War with Dale Evans