DENNIS STROUGHMATT (copy)

Dennis Stroughmatt will perform Saturday at Jefferson County Historical Village in Mount Vernon.

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Dennis Stroughmatt, a fiddler, singer and cultural historian and expert in French Creole culture of North America, will present on Saturday in the Schweinfurth Museum at the Jefferson County Historical Village.

The program starts at 2 p.m. and explores French influence, music and culture in rural Illinois.

The presentation will take listeners on a trip through rural Illinois, where a unique French Creole culture still lingers in songs, language and food. Stroughmatt will highlight the French identity of historic Illinois communities including Prairie du Rocher and Cahokia through folktales, ballads and fiddle tunes.

The program is free, but donations are appreciated. The Jefferson County Historical Village is at 1411 N. 27th St. For more information, call the Historical Society office at 618-246-0033.

— The Southern

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