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From Decoys to Crabs: Maryland Traditions

Nov. 3, 2011
Press Release #11-204


Every state has its living cultural traditions. Oral historian Millie Rahn will explore Maryland’s rich culture at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, in Auerbach Auditorium of St. Mary’s Hall at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. The talk, “The Land of Pleasant Living: Looking at the Folklore and Folklife of Maryland,” will look at decoy and millstone carving, for example, and Amish quilts, crab-picking, African-American jazz, and even making purple martin houses.

Rahn, also a folklorist and ethnographer, documents traditions throughout the northeastern United States and teaches at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. The talk is free and open to the public.