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TITLE: CELTIC ROOTS: Stories, Songs and Traditions from Across the Sea
SPEAKER: Diane Kresh, Washington Revels
EVENT DATE: 2002/03/13
RUNNING TIME: 72 minutes
The majority of Americans trace their family origins to a country other than the United States. Many immigrants came to this country seeking greater freedom or an opportunity for a better life. Some came against their will and were forced to provide labor that helped build the nation. Immigrants brought with them a pride in their heritage, and distinctive cultural traditions and values. The Irish who entered the United States from the sixteenth to twentieth centuries were changed by America, just as they changed this nation. They achieved lives that would not have been possible in Ireland, supporting their families and bringing a better life to their fellow Irish in the United States and in Ireland. This interactive program—a collaboration between the Library of Congress and Washington Revels—features live music, dance, storytelling and a Mummer's play along with primary source materials from the Library's collections.
Speaker Biography: Diane Kresh has been the Director of Libraries in Arlington, Virginia since April 2006 after a 31-year career at the Library of Congress. While at the Library of Congress, Kresh was a senior-level library administrator, director of the Veterans History Project, director of public service collections and director of preservation, and is editor of “The Whole Digital Library Handbook.”
Speaker Biography: An established cultural institution in the greater Washington area for over 30 years, Washington Revels is dedicated to reviving and celebrating cultural traditions – music, dance, storytelling, drama and ritual – that have bound communities together over the ages and across the globe. Staged or informal, large or small, Revels celebrations involve adults and children of all ages, mixing professionals and nonprofessionals. Audience participation is a hallmark: singing, dancing or becoming part of the drama, Revels audiences are always an integral part of the productions. Whether participating in a Revels celebration from the audience or stage, people invariably leave with smiles on their faces and joy in their hearts.
SERIES: Library Live