"I Come For To Sing!": A History of Folk Music in Chicago | Newberry

"I Come For To Sing!": A History of Folk Music in Chicago

Led by Dr. Kevin Kaufmann. Four sessions. 10 am - noon.
Saturday, November 2, 2019
Saturdays, November 2 - November 23

10 am - noon

This seminar has been canceled.

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (August 27 at 9 am** – September 13 at 4 pm): $195
Regular Registration Price (September 13 at 4 pm – first day of class): $214.5

** Registration opens online at 9 am. Phone registration will be accepted starting at 10 am.

Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.

** This seminar has been canceled. **

Seminar Description

Chicago boasts a rich and diverse history of music, which runs the gamut from Blues and Rock to Gospel and Folk. As the city grew from a small hamlet to a major metropolis, it was folk music especially that provided a sound track to the journey. This seminar will focus on the development of folk music in Chicago, focusing on artists including the Wobblies, Big Bill Broonzy, Win Stracke, Steve Goodman, and many more.

Four sessions. E - $195, L - $214.5

Kevin Kaufmann holds a PhD from Loyola University Chicago and specializes in American cultural history. He has taught courses on numerous topics in Chicago history, including recent seminars at the Newberry.

Materials List


  • Kip Lornell, Exploring American Folk Music: Ethnic, Grassroots, and Regional Traditions in the United States. University Press of Mississippi; 3 edition (April 19, 2012). ISBN: 978-1617032646

First Reading:

  • For the first class, please read Chapter One of Exploring American Folk Music.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.