Russell sings the history of American women

To the Editor:

On Oct. 12 at 7 p.m., the Knox Historical Society is pleased to welcome re-enactor and balladeer Linda Russell to the Berne-Knox-Westerlo secondary-school auditorium to present “A History of American Women in Song.”

When asked to describe her program, Linda wrote:

“Accompanying herself on mountain and hammered dulcimers, pennywhistle, guitar and limberjack, balladeer Linda Russell explores the lives of women of the past and their eventual struggle for the right to vote. The program will feature ballads, work songs and suffrage anthems. Interspersed with the music is a lively commentary, including excerpts from diaries and letters in which the women tell their stories in their own words.

“Linda Russell is a historian, singer, and actor who explores America’s past through music and drama.  Having served for many years as a balladeer for the National Park Service at Federal Hall on Wall Street, the site of Washington’s inauguration, Ms. Russell now takes her performances to historic sites, schools, and festivals throughout the country. Appearances have included Lincoln Center and the Carnegie Hall Folk Festival.”

This program is free and open to the public, and is made possible by funds from Stewart’s Match. The Knox Historical Society is pleased to partner with the social studies department at BKW to bring this program to the Hilltowns. To find out more about Linda Russell, visit her website at

Nancy Frueh

Vice president

Knox Historical Society

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