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Traditional Folk Arts

Ross Pendergraft Library Presents... Echoes of the River Valley A series of events to explore, share, & preserve the traditional folk arts of the Arkansas River Valley

Passing on  Folk Traditions 

fidder arkansas from encyclopedia of arkansas Echoes of the River Valley (ERV) is a series of programing events dedicated to exploring, sharing, and preserving the folk arts of the River Valley

The purpose of ERV is to bring the people of the River Valley and the campus community together to educate and promote the music and traditional arts practiced in the region. The emphasis is on the oral tradition where the craft or process is taught through oral communication rather than notation. Music was taught and learned by ear.  The folk traditions explored in this program have been preserved for centuries by families and communities who have passed along expertise to the next generation by way of example.

Needle work was practiced out of necessity with mostly women gathering in churches to help each other with the task of quilting large blankets, hence the quilting bee.

Most of these traditions can be found throughout the state of Arkansas through many wonderful venues and organizations.

The vision for Echoes of the River Valley is to create a community in the River Valley to learn these traditions and to share them with future generations. 


Photo credit: Encyclopedia of Arkansas, Central Arkansas Library System. 


November 8 & 29 - Doc Bryan - SSC 133

December 13 & 20 - Doc Bryan - SSC 242

Jam sessions are FREE & OPEN to the public. Take that guitar out of the closet and dust it off. Come pick with us. 

Chords and notation are projected to a screen. If you don't read music bring an audio recorder (maybe your phone). 

The music at the jams consists of "fiddle tunes". This refers to a basic tune that is used for contra or barn dancing such as a Arkansas Traveler . Many of the tunes date back to the 19th century, long before bluegrass.

Please feel free to browse this website. Check out the links to some of the Internet's treasures. See what is available for you at the library. 

For more information call the library at 479-964-0569 or call Sherry at 479-964-0571