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Friends of the Museum receives LRAC grant for concert of historical folk music

Flutist Julie Johnson and the No-Accounts will perform at the ITOW Veterans Museum in Perham on Nov. 11 at 3 p.m. Submitted Photo

Thanks to a grant from Lake Region Arts Council, the Friends of the Museum will present a free concert and workshop on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 3 p.m. at the ITOW Veterans Museum in Perham.

Flutist Julie Johnson and the No-Accounts will present a program of original compositions that bring to life and interpret the folk music traditions of the Upper Midwest from the 18th and 19th century.

Julie Johnson says her music walks a borderline between song and composition.  In the album, "The Banks of the Little Auplaine," which was premiered in April of 2011, Julie Johnson's group has brought to life the folk music traditions of the Upper Midwest through their own new compositions. 

The work was created as part of a grant from the American Composers Forum and in it she has done much more than simply parrot the songs exactly as they were once performed.  Instead, she has taken extensive artist license and given the folk songs of that era and the region a new life that is not quite 19th century, and not quite 21st. 

Julie Johnson's performance is one of a series public programs scheduled for November that celebrates Minnesota in the 1800s.  Selections from her program include a piece which uses the tune of an old North Woods shanty boy song from the logging camps; an arrangement for vocals, flute, mandolin and bass clarinet of Bob Dylan's little-known Winterlude; plus arrangements of a Metis Jig, and a pioneer hymn from the Laura Ingalls Wilder Songbook. 

Other programs in the series include:

• A reading and discussion with the author of "Ox Cart Angel," Joel Arnold, at the Perham Area Public Library on Nov. 3.

• A lecture on "Lincoln's God: The Theology of Abraham Lincoln" by Ryan D.G. Stout on Nov. 11. 

• An interpretive talk about "The Ox cart trails of the 1840-1870s as seen through the adventures of Antoine Gingras and Pierre Botinneau" on Nov. 18.

• A presentation of "Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg" by Dale Blanshan on Nov. 25. 

During November and December, the ITOW Veterans Museum will be hosting exhibits from the Prospect House and Civil War Museum and the Becker County Historical Society as well as information and photographs from the archives of the History Museum of East Otter Tail County.  These programs are free and open to the public. For more information call 218-346-7678 or send e-mail to