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CSUMC and Mills Music Library Awarded Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities

The Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures and the Mills Music Library have been awarded $230,000 by the National Endowment for the Humanities for the digital preservation of a unique collection of historic sound recordings. In collaboration with the Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture, and other grant partners, the award will ensure that listeners today and in the future will be able to hear these rare fragments of Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest’s musical past. - See more at:

New Course in September 2015 from UW-Madison Continuing Studies: Europe's Musical Heritage in the Midwest

This September, folklorist Richard March will be teaching a Continuing Studies course, “Europe’s Musical Heritage in the Midwest: Polka, Balkan, Scandinavian Traditions.”  The course will start around the time March's book on polka comes out. March was the Wisconsin State Folklorist from 1983-2009 and for many years, the radio host of "Down Home Dairyland" on Wisconsin Public Radio.

Full course information is at the link above, and here:

Europe’s Musical Heritage in the Midwest: Polka, Balkan, Scandinavian Traditions

Instructor: Richard March

This 6-week class will explore various European musical traditions that entered the Midwest and became part of its ethnic and regional culture. Concentrating on 20th century musical developments, the history of these diverse musical genres will be explored using evidence from historical recordings, documents, and photographs. We will discuss the careers of key influential musicians in the various idioms.