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Lake Mathews (Perris), CA, United States
I am a native of Illinois and grew up in Wilmette, a northern suburb of Chicago. I have one sibling, an older brother. After dropping out of college, I moved to California in 1973 with my first husband. I married my present husband, Butch, in 1977 and got 4 children in the deal. They have gone on to make me a grandmother 25 times over and a great-grandmother of 19. Three years after I married Butch I returned to school. I got my bachelors and masters degrees in speech communication and was a professor in that field for 13 years. I retired in 2001 to return to school and get my doctorate in folklore. Now I meld my two interests - folklore and genealogy - and add my teaching background, resulting in my current profession: speaker/entertainer of genealogically-related topics. I play a number of folk instruments, but my preference is guitar, which I have been playing since 1963. I work in partnership with Gena Philibert-Ortega with Genealogy Journeys where we focus on educating folks about Social History. More about that can be found at http://genaandjean.blogspot.com and more about my own business projects is on my Circlemending website.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Cemetery Stroll & Civil War Music

This Sunday, Oct. 25, Sunnyslope Cemetery on Rimpau in Corona, CA, will be the location for a "Cemetery Stroll" in which visitors will be educated by reenactors participating as deceased Civil War veterans, interred in that graveyard, describing their lives and experiences. Visitors are invited to this event between 2 and 4 pm. Donations are welcome.

Butch & I are honored to be included in this year's event and will entertain visitors at the conclusion of the stroll where refreshments will also be provided. We will be singing the songs of the soldiers and their families from that era. Among the songs that we will sing will be "Marching through Georgia," "Battle Cry of Freedom," "Tramp, Tramp, Tramp," "Vacant Chair," "When Johnny Comes Marching Home," "Tenting on the Old Campground," and more. We will also be playing the instrumental tune, "Ashokan Farewell," made famous in Ken Burns's Civil War series on PBS. Stop by to listen to the music as well as learn about Corona residents who served the country in the War between the States. (We will also have CDs available for sale.)

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