In this intriguing program, fiddler Dennis Stroughmatt transports us to a time almost forgotten, when the Midwest and upper South were home to thousands of Americans who lived and worked on the rivers as sharecroppers, fisherman, mussel shellers, button cutters, traveling minstrels and even moonshiners. Work was their life in cities like Muscatine and Cairo, and the work was hard, but they played, too, enjoying the music of Memphis and St. Louis along the way. Find out about the lives of migrant workers in late 19th and early 20th century Illinois via photos, oral histories and fiddle music.
View this video presentation on the library's Facebook page. During the premiere at 6 p.m. on Nov. 9, Dennis will answer questions via live chat. You can watch the video through November 23.
Adults and teens.