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20th Annual Fall Reception

Fall reception2018
Friday, September 21, 2018
Old Chapel
Reception 5:00 p.m.
Program and Concert 6:00 p.m.

The event is sold out. We are live streaming the event on the east video wall in the W. E. B. Du Bois Library Lobby and online beginning at 6 p.m. at
Join us for a folk revival concert to celebrate the donation of the Folk New England Collection to Special Collections and University Archives. Over the Course of 60 years, Betsy Siggins Schmidt (founding member of the legendary Cambridge, Mass., folk music venue Club 47) and friends have saved letters, documents, recordings, posters, photographs, oral histories, and other memorabilia that are now part of a permanent and growing collection in the W. E. B. Du Bois Library. The Folk New England Collection documents the traditional music of our region and explores the rich connections between music and social change, making it one of the largest and most comprehensive archives of its type.
We invite you to learn about the Folk New England Collection through song and story, featuring a performance by Jim Rooney & Friends. Rooney (Amherst '60) is a music producer, author, and a pioneer of Americana music, whose early folk roots are in Western Massachusetts. His classmate, the late banjo innovator Bill Keith, joined forces with musicians Buffy Sainte-Marie (UMass '70) and Taj Mahal (UMass '63) to found the Pioneer Valley Folklore Society, which continues to hold monthly song & story swaps in Amherst today. Rooney went on to direct the Newport Folk Festival in its early days, and has produced albums for artists such as Nanci Griffith and John Prine; he received a lifetime achievement award from the Americana Music Association in 2009.

Parking is available in the Campus Center or in any non-24 hour lot. Free lots closest to the Old Chapel include lots 32, 34 and 71. Metered spots are also free on the weekend. There are 15 handicap parking spaces between South College and Goodell Building.   Campus Map