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Musician Dennis Stroughmatt will perform Saturday at the Jefferson County Historical Village.

Dennis Stroughmatt

Dennis Stroughmatt plays in Mount Vernon Saturday afternoon at the Historical Society.

The historical village preserves some of the unique Creole cultural traditions that are unique to Illinois, products of French colonists marrying native people in Illinois. 

Stroughmatt's performance syncs with traditions such as the annual "La Guillannee" French New Year celebration, and he will take listeners on a trip through the Illinois country, especially focusing on the French identity of historic Illinois communities like Prairie du Rocher. Stroughmatt will tell folk tales and perform music, including fiddle tunes and ballads.

His performance is at noon Saturday, Jan. 12, in the Schweinfurth Museum at the historical village, 1411 N. 27th St. in Mount Vernon. It is free to attend. 

Stroughmatt is a fiddler, singer and cultural historian who is known for his expertise in French Creole culture of North America.

For more information, call the Historical Society at 618-246-0033.

— The Southern

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