History Song Programs
and Special Presentations
Our history song programs and special presentations bring a selection of actual historic songs, and include descriptive narrative and anecdotes about the era.
Performed in many environments, including libraries, historic sites, and private events. These shows are also available through livestreaming.
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Songs of the Labor Unions, 1850-1940
The labor union movement in the United States was a just short of a revolution with rioting by thousands of workers, weapons, and skirmishes. Songs were used to communicate and to inspire the unionizers, with many being written by labor leaders themselves. The resulting victory over the oppressors was important for the whole world as it brought fairer workplace practices that continue today. For adults and teenagers. About 75 minutes
Click the link below for the video performance of this program at the Oneida County History Center:
Adirondack Lumber Camp Songs
The 1800’s were considered the golden era of the logging industry in the Adirondack Mountains. It is an era when society first made huge demands for paper and lumber, and when there were few regulations for the harvesting of trees. Workers were attracted to the lifestyle of being a lumberjack even though the work was harsh and dangerous. Their songs were for leisure, with some written on the spot, or adapted from hearing them in passing.
For adults and children over seven years. About 45 minutes.
Songs of the Erie Canal
The Erie Canal was the most important advancement in the 1800's for the transportation of goods in New York state. Running from Buffalo to Albany and connected to the Hudson River, it allowed New York City to become the largest trade port in the nation. And, it was born from an idea of a merchant in debtor's prison, because they couldn't receive their goods fast enough to pay bills! ... For adults and older children, about 40 minutes.
See video samples of this program on the
Arkell Museum YouTube:
Poetry Songs & History Songs
A combined program of the words of famous poems put to music,
and original songs about the American settlers experience in the
Revolutionary War in the Northeast. For adults and older children,
about one hour
Songwriters in the Round
Three songwriters talk about their creative process as they
perform their original songs. Songwriters are Cosby Gibson,
Tom Staudle, and guest. For adults and older children, about 75 minutes
Activity. Cosby and Tom present and demonstrate
various techniques for writing songs. Attendees can create a
song in a group or as an individual. All ages, time is variable