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Folklorist Lee Knight at Friends’ potluck

Posted on: May 13, 2012

Singer and folklorist Lee Knight will bring his music and stories to the Friends of the Murphy Public Library at a special potluck celebration dinner in the meeting room of the library on this coming Tuesday, May 15 at 6 p.m.

Knight grew up in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York and now makes his home in the Appalachian Mountains where he continues his interest in folk music, including playing instruments like the Cherokee flute. He teaches at the John C. Campbell Folk School and often visits the Cherokee County Historical Museum with Elderhostel groups.

The Friends are also celebrating because the Cherokee Preservation Foundation has awarded a special grant to the Murphy Public Library in the amount of $21,500. The library will install a Cherokee research section in the library’s genealogy room with these funds, thanks to the efforts of Town of Murphy Council member, Barbara Vicknair and the Friends’ board.

 Cherokee books, media and historical documents will be among the educational items available to visitors and researchers. The research area will also be enhanced with new bookshelves and furniture and should be completed later this summer.

Friends’s president Elo-ly Bailey is encouraging members to bring a Native American-inspired dish to the potluck and has left her own Native American cookbook at the library’s front desk for cooks to peruse. Membership in the Friends is $10 per year. Want to invite a friend to join? New members are always welcome. Call 837-2417 for details.

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