First Friday Speaker Series – Katherine Jackson French: Kentucky’s Forgotten Ballad Collector
Virtual First Friday: Katherine Jackson French: Kentucky’s Forgotten Ballad Collector, with Elizabeth DiSavino
Friday, May 7; Noon – 1 pm
Cost: KHS Members – FREE; Non-members – $5
As we prepare to sing My Old Kentucky Home on Derby Day, join us via Zoom* to learn more about a different type of Kentucky music: traditional Appalachian ballads. Professor Elizabeth DiSavino will share the life and work of Kentuckian Katherine Jackson French, who spent her career researching traditional Appalachian music, igniting a resurgence of interest that continues today. French’s collection of Kentucky ballads challenged Appalachian stereotypes, elevating the status of women, and revealing complex local dialects and ethnic roots. This should have been her crowning scholarly achievement, but the collection was never published – until now. Appearing for the first time in DiSavino’s book, French’s collection of ballads could help to re-shape conceptions of Appalachia. Come and join the conversation!
*TECHNOLOGY: This virtual event will take place via Zoom, an online meeting platform. For optimal experience, guests should connect using a device with a screen, a speaker, and a keyboard. (A web-enabled camera is also nice, but not necessary.) To accommodate guests who may not have access to this technology, a phone number will be provided at registration, so they may dial into the event, and listen to the presentation from any landline or mobile phone. Need help using Zoom? Check out this short video. You can also contact us at KHSeducation@ky.gov or call 502-782-8070 with any questions.