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Women's History Month: Performance in St. James

Linda Russell, multi-instrumentalist, will perform popular American songs

Linda Russell, multi-instrumentalist, will perform popular American songs from the 18th and 19th centuries at "A History of American Women in Song" in St. James for Women's History Month. Photo Credit: The Long Island North Shore Heritage Area

Ever heard music of the 18th and 19th centuries on instruments like the limberjack, pennywhistle and hammered dulcimers?

Expose your ears to new sounds this weekend at the "Remember the Ladies: A History of American Women in Song," presentation in St. James. Multi-instrumentalist Linda Russell will showcase a musical survey of women's history in the 18th and 19th centuries through the ballads, love songs, suffrage anthems, dance and work tunes of that era.

Russell also will weave in commentary, which includes excerpts from diaries and letters in which women throughout history pen their own stories, revealing both the perceptions and realities of women's lives.

The event, presented by the Long Island North Shore Heritage Area, Smithtown Township Arts Council and New York  Council for the Humanities, kicks off a monthly lecture series, said LINSHA's executive director Jennifer Sappell.

"These are our roots and I think it's very exciting to think about where we came from and why we are who we are today," Sappell says of the event. "If we can do this in a mansion with high ceilings and ornate moldings surrounded by art, isn't that just having the world on a shoestring?"

WHEN/WHERE 2 p.m. Sunday at Mills Pond House, 660 Rte. 25A, St. James.

COST Free

INFO 631-862-6575 or stacarts.org

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