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Date: Thursday, June 27th
Time: 6:30 PM
Where: Douglas County Museum
Cost: Free


About the presentation:
Farming has been the backbone of rural America and that heritage has been preserved in an extensive body of traditional and contemporary folk songs that tell the stories of the hardworking people who have struggled to live this way of life for generations. From traditional songs like “The Farmer is the Man,” to the dust bowl ballads of Woody Guthrie, to the works of contemporary songwriters, the subject of farm life has

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Interested in renting out the Museum for an event or even just a short meeting? We rent out our main exhibit space for all kinds of events from short business meetings to large fundraising events.  Our exhibit cases are all on wheels and can move off the floor.  We also have a full kitchen, dinner service sets, flatware, dishes, banquet tables, and chairs that are available for you to use. If you are interested in renting the building for your event, please call us at 217-235-2535 or email us at douglascountymuseum@hotmail.com.  Download the rental form and send it along with your request.


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Chris Vaillillo: The Farmer is the Man, Songs of the Farm




























long been fertile ground for folk musicians. Award winning folklorist and songwriter Chris Vallillo performs a handpicked selection of the most poignant of these songs as way to look at the past and the future of the family farm. This program is free to attend.

Partnerships:
The program is made possible through a partnership with Illinois Humanities. The Illinois Humanities Road Scholars Speakers Bureau invites Illinois authors, artists, and educators to share their expertise and enthusiasm with people throughout the state, enabling local nonprofit organizations to present free-admission cultural programs of high quality to their communities for a modest fee.

This event is also being co-sponsored by the museum and the Douglas County Farm Bureau. The Douglas County Farm Bureau is 100 years old this year! Come celebrate with us and enjoy the museum exhibit, "Rooted: Farms and Family Heritage" along with the music of folklorist and songwriter Chris Vallillo.



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The Museum offers a variety of events and programs throughout the year.  We  host speakers on local historical topics, have larger events with local musicians  and exhibit openings, host craft workshops, give tours and much more!  

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