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Learn about ‘Mussels, Moonshine, Music’ Nov. 27

The following notice about one of our Road Scholars events was submitted to The Daily Herald by the Batavia Public Library on November 21, 2016. You can find the original notice here.



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 2016–2017 season is sponsored by the Batavia Public Library Foundation.

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