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Museum Matters: March 2020
For Pete's Sake

As part of this month’s JMM Live: Jewish Folk Life festivalwe will be celebrating the legacy of Pete Seeger (the hundredth anniversary of Pete’s birth ends on May 3rd).
The Smithsonian’s Jeff Place, who won two Grammys for the Anthology of American Folk Music, will join us for a lecture on Pete Seeger’s connections to the Jewish experience on the evening of the 19th and Nora Guthrie will be presenting on Pete’s influence on her dad in a program on Sunday the 22nd. As both programs are likely to sell out, I urge you to make reservations early.
As I suspect most of you know, Pete Seeger was not Jewish, but his music and his activism had a profound influence on some of the most important Jewish folk artists of his day – including fellow Weavers’ performers Ronnie Gilbert and Fred Hellerman, as well as later folk/rock icons like Bob Dylan and Simon and Garfunkel. So, these presentations are offered in the spirit of the Israeli song that Pete and the Weavers transformed into an American hit tune:
Tzena, Tzena join the celebration
There'll be people there from every nation
Dawn will find us laughing in the sunlight
Dancing in the city square*

*or in the aisles at the JMM


Caption: Pete Seeger performs for IDF soldies in Israel, January 10, 1964. Courtesy of the Israel National Photo Collection via Wikimedia Commons.
JMM Live: Jewish Folk Life Festival
Yiddish Folksongs of Women
Presenters: Eleonore Biezunsky and Deborah Strauss
Sunday, March 15, 2020
at 3:00pm
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Preschool's Out Program
Meet Me At the Scrap Yard
Monday, March 16, 2020
10:00am - 12:00pm
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JMM Live: Jewish Folk Life Festival
Pete Seeger and The Tribe
Speaker: Jeff Place
Thursday, March 19, 2020
at 6:30pm
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B'nai Israel's Descendants Day Shabbaton
March 20-22, 2020
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JMM Live: Jewish Folk Life Festival
What Pete Taught Woody
Presenter: Nora Guthrie
Sunday, March 22, 2020
at 3:00pm
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A Forgotten Land: Growing Up in the Jewish Pale
Speaker: Lisa Cooper
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
at 6:30pm
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Hands-On Family Time
Her History
Sunday, March 29, 2020
at 10:00am
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The Greatest Treasure Hunt:
WWII, the Steel Industry and the Home Front Scrap Army

Speaker: Professor James J. Kimble
Sunday, March 29, 2020
at 1:00pm
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