Stories of musical ladies of bygone days at DAR mansion in Addison

Linda Radtke

The Vermont Humanities Council presents Vermont’s Musical Ladies Aug.18 at 1 p.m. at the John Strong Daughters of the American Revolution Mansion Museum in Addison.

Singer and researcher Linda Radtke, joined by pianist Arthur Zorn, explores the contributions of Vermont women to the traditions of parlor songs, women’s club music contests, and social reform efforts.

Abolition, child welfare, temperance, the patriotism of war heroes, and the concerns of those left at home during times of war captured the hearts of these women who sometimes disguised their gender for publication. Though they were often published in the local print shop, they have sometimes been ignored by musicologists since.

Free. There will be no admission fees that day for tours of the mansion from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 6656 Route 17 W, Addison; 767-3103.

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