Scholarly series lecture will analyze 1930s folk music

This year’s scholarly series features a bonus lecture — Folk Music and Social Consciousness in the Interwar Years — with Connecticut Department of Education Social Studies Consultant Stephen Armstrong on Sunday, April 3.

The scholarly series is an annual collaboration between Wilton Library and the Wilton Historical Society. This year’s series — From the Guns of August to the Gathering Storm 1914-1939 — focuses on World War I and its aftermath.

During his lecture, Armstrong will discuss how the folk music of the 1930s reflected the social and political concerns of many downtrodden Americans of the time — from labor unions and dispossessed farm workers to the Dust Bowl and growth of fascism.

Attendees will listen to and analyze songs recorded by 1930s musicians like Woody Guthrie, the Almanac Singers, and Lead Belly, who lived briefly in Wilton; and Armstrong will discuss the impact these performers had on society and later generations of folk singers.

Folk Music and Social Consciousness in the Interwar Years will take place at Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Road, from 4 to 5:30. It is free, but donations are welcome.

For more information or to register, visit or call 203-762-6334.