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Historical folk concert coming to ITOW

Thanks to a grant from Lake Region Arts Council, the Friends of the Museum will present a free concert and workshop on Sunday, Nov. 11, at 3 p.m. at the ITOW Veterans Museum in Perham.

Flutist Julie Johnson and the No-Accounts will perform original compositions that bring to life and interpret the folk music traditions of the Upper Midwest from the 18th and 19th centuries. 

Johnson has said her music walks a borderline between song and composition. In her 2011 album, "The Banks of the Little Auplaine," Johnson takes an extensive artist license to give new life to the folk songs of that era and region. 

Selections from her program will include a piece which uses the tune of an old North Woods shanty boy song from the logging camps; an arrangement for vocals, flute, mandolin and bass clarinet of Bob Dylan's little-known Winterlude; plus arrangements of a Metis Jig, and a pioneer hymn from the Laura Ingalls Wilder Songbook.  

Johnson's performance is one of a series of programs scheduled for November that celebrates Minnesota in the 1800s. Others will include a reading and discussion with the author of "Ox Cart Angel," Joel Arnold, at the Perham Area Public Library on Saturday, Nov. 3; a lecture on "Lincoln's God: The Theology of Abraham Lincoln," on Nov. 11; an interpretive talk about the ox cart trails of the 1840s-1870s on Nov. 18; and a presentation of "Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg," on Nov. 25.

During November and December, the ITOW Veterans Museum in Perham will be hosting exhibits from the Prospect House and Civil War Museum and the Becker County Historical Society, as well as information and photographs from the archives of the History Museum of East Otter Tail County.

These programs are free and open to the public. For more information, call 346-7678 or email