News From Terre Haute, Indiana


March 21, 2013

‘Labor Songs’ show at ISU to reflect history, influence of union movement here

TERRE HAUTE — A collaboration between Indiana State University’s music school and history department will culminate in “A Sing-Along of Classic Labor Songs,” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

During the event, instrumentalists, singers and historians will pay tribute to the labor strife of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a time when Terre Haute stood at the center of the national labor movement.

Banjo players and guitarists will accompany vocalists as they sing “Dump the Bosses off Your Back,” “Paddy Works on the Railway,” “The Farmer is the Man,” “John Henry” and “Bread and Roses.”

Between songs, Indiana State faculty members — voice professor Peggy Balensuela and labor historian Lisa Phillips — will provide background about the music and major strikes of the era, with contextual images provided by Wabash Valley Visions and Voices.

The event is free and open to the public, hosted by International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 725 at the Labor Temple, 31 S. 13th St.

The event is part of the ISU community semester series “Our Town,” which showcases the College of Arts and Sciences and encourages faculty and students to share what they are learning to the community.

A complete list and description of the community semester’s events is available at

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