TALES, BALLADS AND TUNES FROM THE WESTERN CATSKILLS
The Western Catskills of New York State is a region with a rich cultural history as shown in its music, dancing and storytelling. The life and work of Grant Rogers along with other musicians from the early and mid-twentieth century exemplify this history, much of which is in danger of being lost. Two organizations, Music on the Delaware and the William B. Ogden Free Library, are sponsoring an effort to preserve this cultural history with this website through interviews, music, and photography and to support activities that carry on the spirit of this evolving cultural legacy.
Tales, Ballads, and Tunes of the Western Catskills
This is an on-going collaborative project sponsored by the William B. Ogden Free Library and Music on the Delaware (MOD) of Walton, NY. Both organizations see the need to preserve the cultural history of this region as exemplified by the music, dancing, and storytelling of the area. The life and work of Waltonian Grant Rogers, along with that of other musicians from the early and mid-twentieth century, exemplify this history, much of which is in danger of being lost. We see this project developing in five stages:
First, to interview folks associated with Grant Rogers and local musicians, both those who contributed to the strength of the local culture and community during this early period, and those who have carried on the tradition up to the present. All interviews will be recorded. At the same time, we will gather relevant audio and visual material from this earlier period and, where necessary and possible, duplicate and preserve it.
Second, to develop a web site where these interviews and other preserved materials can be available to the community.
Third, to develop workshops using these materials in order to present this rich history to the community. Possible venues for offering these workshops will be libraries, parlor room at the Walton Theatre, and schools. We would also hope to video these workshops to include in the website archives.
Fourth, to make these resources available to other interested organizations in Delaware County and the surrounding area.
Fifth, if sufficient interest is generated by these activities and information, to present a project-related concert at the theatre.