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How Can I Keep From Singing: The Work of Pete Seeger


Announces newest exhibit:

How Can I Keep From Singing: The Work of Pete Seeger

TULSA, Okla. – Folk music fans will be singing along as they learn about the work of Pete Seeger, from his music to his extensive work as a social activist.

The Woody Guthrie Center and the GRAMMY Museum® at L.A. LIVE present How Can I Keep From Singing: The Work of Pete Seeger, an exhibit featuring original documents and artifacts from Seeger’s life and work, which shows his influence as a musician, social activist, environmentalist, promoter of peace and community builder. The exhibit opens with a special members-only event April 5, featuring a performance and discussion with banjo player Tony Trischka. The exhibit opens to the public April 6 and will continue through Aug. 21.

“We are thrilled to be bringing Pete’s message of peace, justice, and equality to Woody’s home in Tulsa,” said Woody Guthrie Center Executive Director Deana McCloud. “Their common message is one that remains relevant as we continue their work for positive social change in the world.”

Among the artifacts to be featured in the co-curated exhibit are original lyrics; items from Seeger’s work with the Almanac Singers, The Weavers and People’s Songs; his writings about Woody Guthrie; documents connected to the blacklisting era of the House Un-American Activities Committee; tools and clothing from Seeger’s cabin; examples of his environmental work ; and interactive experiences such as a sing-along area with some of the songs Seeger famously recorded as well as an interactive banjo lesson. The exhibit will also include photos, videos and posters from Seeger’s performances around the world and letters from artists, including Johnny Cash, Alan Lomax and the Smothers Brothers. Pete Seeger, who received the inaugural Woody Guthrie Prize in 2014, used music to build community and unite people, regardless of nationality, language or socio-economic background, and invited everyone to sing along.

After the exhibit closes at the Woody Guthrie Center in August, it will travel to Los Angeles, where it will be displayed at the GRAMMY Museum. In conjunction with the opening of the exhibit and to celebrate the legacy of Pete Seeger, the GRAMMY Museum and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts are planning a special tribute concert to take place Saturday, April 15, 2017, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., set to feature Rosanne Cash, Judy Collins, Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey of Peter Paul and Mary, Tony Trischka and Josh White Jr.

For questions about the exhibit, contact Deana McCloud, Woody Guthrie Center Executive Director, at