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Minnesota Heritage in Song concert is Sept. 24

See and hear Minnesota history come alive with traditional songs, period instruments, and 1800s costumes at a special free concert at 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 24, at the Humphrey Manor dining room, 311 3rd St. SE, in Wadena. The concert is free and open to the public, but everyone is asked to reserve a ticket through the Wadena City Library at (218) 631-2476.

Popular Minnesota musicians Curtis and Loretta will present an entertaining and educational concert made up entirely of songs Minnesotans sang here in earlier times. It grew out of The Minnesota Heritage Songbook, a Minnesota Sesquicentennial Commission project that they were involved with in 2008.

Dressed in 1800s costumes, the duo makes history come alive with songs from their latest CD, "Our Heritage in Song." Along with harmonies, they use period instruments, including banjo, celeste, folk harp, mandocello, harmonica and guitar. Audience members are welcome to sing along as they learn about Minnesota's history and the music that helped shape our state 150 years ago.

Music includes Lincoln's campaign song, reportedly written by a Minnesotan, a children's circle game, immigrants' songs and a rollicking voyageur song, along with songs of lumberjacks, farmers, homesteaders and Civil War soldiers. In between songs, Curtis and Loretta give snippets of early Minnesota history and explore how 1800s issues and sentiments are still relevant today.