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'Madams, Matrons and Madwomen': Free performance at the ITOW

Submitted photo New York Mills singer-songwriter Elisa Korenne is playing at ITOW Friday, March. 20 at 7 p.m.

On Friday, March 30, at 7 p.m., Elisa Korenne will return to the ITOW Veterans Museum with her latest show, "Madams, Matrons, Madwomen: Unusual American Women in Story and Song."

A master of making history come alive through singing and storytelling, Korenne has created her fourth concert about the parts of our past that are too fascinating for the history books.

"Madams, Matrons and Madwomen" celebrates some of the most interesting women from American history. The concert features extraordinary women such as Victoria Woodhull, the 19th century proponent of free love and the first woman to run for president, Maria Blaisedell, the Minnesota Blizzard who became infamous in Washington, the Hormel Girls musical group, and many others.

 Korenne is an award-winning acoustic performer who has delighted audiences in central Minnesota ever since moving to New York Mills from New York City. 

A few years ago, she was commissioned to write a series of songs and stories by the Minnesota Sesquicentennial Commission. The resulting program, "Minnesota's Ordinarily Unsung," has been performed throughout the state, including at the Minnesota State Fair. Her last performance at the ITOW was a song and story concert about Jewish pioneers in the Upper Midwest called, "Oy Vey is Jewish for Uff-Da."

Korenne's latest program is produced as part of "History, Heritage, Happenings," a collaboration of the ITOW Veterans Museum and the Perham Area Public Library. It is free and open to the public.

Call 218-346-7678 to reserve a free ticket. The ITOW Veterans Museum is located at 805 West Main in Perham.