Symposium dives into music history in NEA

Symposium dives into music history in NEA
The event included guest speakers and a performance by Harmony and Charley Sandage (Source: KAIT)
The event included guest speakers and a performance by Harmony and Charley Sandage (Source: KAIT)
Arkansas State Archive's goal is to preserve, collect and promote the history of Arkansas (Source: KAIT)
Arkansas State Archive's goal is to preserve, collect and promote the history of Arkansas (Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - From folk music to jazz, Northeast Arkansas has been influenced by a lot of music.

The Arkansas State Archives works to preserve the history of Arkansas to share with others.

One way they do that is through an annual symposium.

This year, the symposium's titled "It Covers a Lot of Ground," focused on the music history in Northeast Arkansas.

Meredith McFadden, archival manager for NEARA, said the organization's main goal is to share Arkansas history with its people.

"There are several genres of music that are really intrinsic to this area and have such a rich and wonderful history," said McFadden, "They went out and influenced the world, so we felt it was really important to highlight that music in this area."

Arkansas State Archives chose music as their theme this year to shed light on a part of Arkansas history a lot of people don't usually think about.

"There's such a rich, deep history here that we really want people to know about and hear about, and just get interested in learning more about," said McFadden.

This year's symposium was hosted at the Delta Center on Arkansas State University's campus.

Guest speakers touched on things like jazz in the Delta and Ozark Folk Music, and there was a performance by the Ozark folk music trio, Harmony and Charley Sandage, at the end of the event.

To learn more about the Arkansas State Archives and what they do, visit their website.

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