Schumer says Natalie Merchant, a Jamestown native and current Hudson Valley resident, had a profound influence on American music

As a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, Natalie will contribute to policy direction and the continued preservation of the nation’s folk life and culture.

Schumer to Natalie: “You have been so kind and generous” And your contributions will help preserve America’s folk music and history for generations to come!

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer today announced the appointment of singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant to the Board of Trustees of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress for support the continued preservation and promotion of one of the country’s most important treasures, its rich folklore. , cultural traditions, music and the arts, and assists in the long-term planning and policy direction of the centre.

“Natalie Merchant has been a significant singer-songwriter for decades, both as a solo artist and as the former lead singer of 10,000 Maniacs. Raised in Jamestown and now a resident of the Hudson Valley, she has had a profound impact on American musical culture and has an invaluable perspective on American folk tradition. She is the active heiress to the legacy of Billie Holiday, Odetta, Pete Seeger and Levon Helm. That’s why I’m proud to appoint Natalie Merchant, from upstate New York, to the Board of Trustees of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress,” said Senator Schumer. “She will go on to make important contributions to the ongoing board policy for the center of American Folklife. Natalie – you have been so kind and generous – and your service will help preserve our country’s most important cultural treasures for generations to come.

Natalie Merchant said, “It is such an honor to be chosen to serve on the Folklife Center Board of Directors. I have admired the work of this agency for many years and hope to find a way to help it continue its mission of preserving and promoting all forms of popular art in America.

About the American Folk Center

The American Folklife Center was established in 1976 by the United States Congress to “preserve and present American folk life” through programs of research, documentation, archival preservation, reference service, live performances, d exhibitions, publications and training. Designated by the U.S. Congress as the National Center for Documentation and Research on Folklife, the American Folklife Center continues to collect and document living traditional culture, while preserving for the future its unparalleled collections in state-of-the-art preservation facilities. from the library. of Congress.

The American Folklife Center Archive, established in the Library of Congress Music Division in 1928, is today one of the largest archives of ethnographic records in the United States and around the world, encompassing millions of items of ethnographic documentation and history recorded since the 19th century. Until now. These collections, which include extensive audio-visual documentation of traditional arts, cultural expressions and oral histories, provide researchers with access to the songs, stories and other creative expressions of people from diverse communities.


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