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The Vermont Civil War Songbook

Image of Linda Radtke in performanceSinger and researcher Linda Radtke, dressed in period costume and joined by pianist Cameron Steinmetz, shares songs popular in Vermont during the Civil War as well as letters from Vermonters from the era. From sentimental songs about the girl back home to satirical ballads, Ms. Radtke traces the evolution of tone in Vermont popular song, from patriotic to elegiac as the war continued.

The sheet music collection from the Vermont Historical Society is brought to life in this presentation. Radtke will read letters from local soldiers, dedicating songs to those from the area who served.

Special Arrangements: performers bring keyboard and speakers; no equipment is required of the host.

Additional Costs: mileage.

Available in correctional facilities.

About the presenter

Image of Linda Radtke Linda Radtke - A classically trained singer, Linda was a Vermont high school teacher for thirty-one years and now produces the VPR Choral Hour on Vermont Public Radio. See full biography.

Booking a talk

First, contact the speaker to confirm their availability and discuss any special arrangements. Then, click the “Book this Talk!” button below to send a request form to VHC. We’ll respond within one week.