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Saint Meinrad will host black history lecture Feb. 18

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ST. MEINRAD – Greg C. Adams, an archivist at the Smithsonian’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, will deliver the annual Black History Lecture at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology.

His lecture, “The Banjo and the American Experience: Looking Behind the Mask of ‘America's Instrument,’” will be given Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. in St. Bede Theater. He will trace the development of what we know as the modern banjo from its African origins through American slavery to the present time.

Adams is also an archivist, ethnomusicologist and musician, who has been studying the banjo for nearly 20 years. He is a banjoist of 19th-century “minstrel” era technique or stroke style down-picking, a player of “classic banjo” from the turn of the 20th century, and was grand prize winner in the old-time three-finger category at the 2009 Charlie Poole Music Festival.

Along with banjo scholars Bob Winans and Pete Ross, Adams is a guest curator for the 2014 exhibit, “Making Music: The Banjo in Baltimore and Beyond,” at the Baltimore Museum of Industry.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Parking is available at St. Bede Hall and in the Guest House and student parking lots. For more information, call Mary Jeanne Schumacher at (812) 357-6501 during business hours.