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Brilliant Futures

A Memorial for Archie Green

Union Man, Laborlore Scholar, Folklife Advocate, Master Teacher

Archie Green
Photo courtesy of the University of Illinois Archives

An evening of music, stories, and reminiscences about the life and work of Archie Green (1917 - 2009)

7-9 p.m. Monday, September 14, 2009

Wagner Education Center
School of Labor & Employment Relations
University of Illinois
504 East Armory Avenue
Champaign, IL 61820

Reception and refreshments following the program.
This event is free and open to the public.

Click here for the comment box to share your memories of Archie.


Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Dean School of LER

Archie Green . . . Only a Folklorist DVD
American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

How Archie Taught Us to Learn from Music
Stephen Wade, performer, writer and folk music scholar;
accompanied by Jordan Kaye, bandleader of the Prairie Dogs
Archie as Trade Unionist
Mike Munoz, Pile Driver and Union Activist

Archie Green and Establishing the American Folklife Center
David Taylor, Head of Research and Programs
American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress

Folk Music and Laborlore: Valuable Lessons for History
David Roediger, Professor of History, University of Illinois

Personal reminiscences and reflections

The Fast Sooner Hound
Stephen Wade, performer, writer and folk music scholar;
accompanied by Jordan Kaye, bandleader of the Prairie Dogs

We invite you to share your memories of Archie.  We will gather these and present a commemorative album to Archie’s family and also place one in the University of Illinois Archives.  Please use the comment box below to submit your thoughts and memories, send them by mail to Betty Barrett at LER (address above), or bring them in written form to the event.  We hope there will be enough time for everyone who wishes to speak to do so.  Whether you speak or not, if you would like to be included in the album, please provide your comments in written form.

Share your memories of Archie!

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Thank you for sharing your memories of Archie!

Archie’s books will be on display, along with ordering information for those still in print. We have also prepared a checklist of his significant writings for distribution to those interested.

Special thanks to the following people and groups who contributed to this event to honor the memory of Archie Green.