Workers Unite! The Songs of Labor Songwriter Joe Hill (1879 – 1915)
August 28 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm CDTFREE
Join musician and historian Bucky Halker for a musical journey through the songs of legendary labor songster and martyr Joe Hill (1879-1915).
Born in Gävle, Sweden, Hill migrated to the US at the turn of the century, became deeply involved in the struggle for worker rights and unions, and put his musical skills to work for the cause. He was executed by firing squad in 2015 in Salt Lake City for the murder of a small shopkeeper, a charge without evidence. His songs such as “The Preacher and the Slave,” “The Tramp” and “Rebel Girl” made him a legend and are still sung around the world today.
Spend the day with several Swedish figures from our past, such as Jonas Olson, Carl Sandburg, and Astrid Lindgren. Listen to the music of Jenny Lind and Joe Hill. Free event held in the park. Organized by the BHHA, Fox Tales International and the Twinflower Inn.
Sponsored by the American-Scandinavian Foundation, Barbro Osher Pro Sueccia Foundation, Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency and SWEA-Chicago.