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Music of the Mines, Mills & Railroads: Educational Program

January 9, 2020@6:00 pm-6:45 pm

Date:  January 9th
Time:  6:00pm – 6:45pm
Location:  Helena Library
For:  Teens to Adult

Karen Utz, a member of the Alabama HumanitiesFoundation’s Road Scholars Speakers Bureau, will present “SlossFurnaces: The Evolution of Birmingham’s Iron Plantation”  

About the presentation
In 1999, Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark produced an educationalresource entitled Spirit of Steel: Musicof the Mines, Railroads and Mills of the Birmingham District. The focus ofthe book centers on the labor-related music of the Birmingham district.Migrants pouring into Birmingham’s industrial district, whether from the cottonfields of the Mississippi Delta or the Appalachian hills, carried with themtheir unique styles of music, as well as their unique traditions and culture.Music of the Mines presents the histories and personal recollections of themusicians and their families, and an outstanding array of recordings rangingfrom soulful ballads and blues, to union songs and old-time fiddling.

To read about more Road Scholar Speakers Bureaupresentations, visit:

About the scholar
Karen Utz has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Marketing from CentralMissouri State University, and a Master’s degree in History from the Universityof Alabama at Birmingham. She is the Curator of Sloss Furnaces NationalHistoric Landmark, and in this capacity, her main objectives center aroundcollections management, research, writing, and speaking engagements. She isalso very involved in expanding the oral history project at Sloss, and in theongoing efforts to restore the site.


About the Alabama Humanities Foundation

The purpose of the Alabama HumanitiesFoundation is to create and foster opportunities to explore human values andmeanings through the humanities. AHF is a nonprofit organization funded by theNational Endowment for the Humanities (of which AHF is the state affiliate), aswell as by corporate and individual donors. AHF conducts its own statewideprograms, such as the Road Scholars Speakers Bureau, SUPER Teacher Institutesand PRIME TIME Family Reading Time, and awards grants, on a competitive basis,to nonprofit organizations for humanities projects. For more information on AHFand its programs, please visit or call (205) 558-3980.


January 9, 2020
6:00 pm-6:45 pm
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