Event: This Land is Your Land: The Folksongs of Woody Guthrie


This Land is Your Land: The Folksongs of Woody Guthrie

Highland Park Historical Society will host ‘This Land is Your Land: The Folksongs of Woody Guthrie’  with Bucky Halker, a historian, songwriter and performer. at 2 p.m. on Sunday,  September 12th, 2021.  This live performance will be at the Stupey Cabin, St. Johns between Laurel and Hazel Avenues. If there is rain, then we will move to Zoom, though no rain is now expected. This event is presented as part of the Illinois Humanities Road Scholars Bureau outreach.

Woody Guthrie (1912-1967) is America’s most legendary folksong writer. His music continues to uplift and excite musicians and audiences around the world. Inspired by Guthrie’s most famous song, This Land Is Your Land features the performance (guitar and vocal) of several Guthrie songs, as well as commentary on the time period and each song. The program also places Guthrie and his music in a larger historical context while also offering details on his life.

Bucky Halker is a songwriter, performer, and historian with 15 albums to his credit, including Anywhere But Utah: Songs of Joe Hill (2015), a musical tribute to martyred labor songwriter Joe Hill (1879-1915), and The Ghost of Woody Guthrie (2012), an original music tribute to the legendary folksinger.

About Illinois Humanities: Illinois Humanities strengthens the social, political, and economic fabric of Illinois through constructive conversation and community engagement.  Founded in 1974 as the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Illinois Humanities is the only statewide proponent of the public humanities in Illinois.  Through public programs, education, and training, and grantmaking, Illinois Humanities connects Illinoisans who might not otherwise encounter one another.

For further information, please contact the Highland Park Historical Society: 847.432.7090 or  Admission is free.