“A History of American Women in Song”

NEW PALTZ, NY (February 27, 2017) – On Saturday, March 11, Historic Huguenot Street will host a performance by Linda Russell in honor of Women’s History Month in the Crispell Memorial French Church. Russell’s performance, “A History of American Women in Song,” will explore the role of women’s lives in society from the 18th century to the 19th Amendment, featuring broadsides, laments, murder ballads, love songs, parlor melodies, and suffrage anthems that reflect the changing status of women in society. Now is a critical time in our nation’s history to acknowledge women’s progress over the centuries and recognize that the protection of women’s rights remains a topical issue.

For 30 years, Russell has explored America’s past through song. She served as 18th century balladeer at Federal Hall National Memorial in NYC, and her performances are in demand at historic sites, schools and community centers around the country. She has recorded eight albums of traditional and historical music. Russell has performed at Historic Huguenot Street a number of times, and her presentations never fail to be engaging, thoughtful, and informative.

Following the performance will be a reception in the DuBois Fort catered by The Village Tea Room for a continued discussion of the role of women in historic and current events. Copies of Russell’s albums will be available for purchase in the Museum Shop, and an exhibit highlighting the untold stories of Hudson Valley women will be on display.

This event will begin at the Crispell Memorial French Church (60 Huguenot Street) at 4 pm on March 11. Pre-registration is required at huguenotstreet.org/rsvp. $25 general admission, $22.50 for seniors, children under 12, military families, and Friends of Historic Huguenot Street (those who have donated $50 or more within the calendar year).

A National Historic Landmark District, Historic Huguenot Street is a 501(c)3 non-profit that encompasses 30 buildings across 10 acres that was the heart of the original 1678 New Paltz settlement, including seven stone houses that date to the early eighteenth century.  It was founded in 1894 as the Huguenot Patriotic, Historical, and Monumental Society to preserve the nationally acclaimed collection of stone houses.  Since then, Historic Huguenot Street has grown into an innovative museum, chartered as an educational corporation by the University of the State of New York Department of Education, that is dedicated to protecting our historic buildings, conserving an important collection of artifacts and manuscripts, and promoting the stories of the Huguenot Street families, from the sixteenth century to today.

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