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Thursday, November 07, 2013
Contact: Kevin Flannery, (573) 526-0949
Kander Announces Archives Program on Famous Folklorist
Jefferson City, Mo. — Secretary of State Jason Kander today announced a program highlighting the life of folklorist Mary Alicia Owen. Hosted by the Missouri State Archives, a division of Kander’s office, author and historian Greg Olson will speak about his new book, Voodoo Priests, Noble Savages, and Ozark Gypsies: The Life of Folklorist Mary Alicia Owen, on Thursday, November 14, 2013, at 7 p.m.
In his groundbreaking biography of Owen, Olson offers the most complete account of her life and work to date. He examines Owen’s connection to St. Joseph, Missouri, the town in which she lived her entire life and conducted nearly all of her research. Olson also analyzes many of the 19th century theories, stereotypes and popular beliefs that influenced Owen’s writing about African-Americans and Native Americans.
Noted scholar Wayland Hand once called Mary Alicia Owen "the most famous American Woman Folklorist of her time." Olson’s work helps explain why by showing that Owen was more than just a folklorist—she was a woman of many contradictions, who possessed a keen intellect and a genuine interest in people and their stories.
The Missouri State Archives is the official repository for state documents of permanent historic value, and is located at 600 West Main Street in Jefferson City. All programs at the Archives are free of charge and open to the public, with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information on this and other programming at the Archives, contact Emily Luker, (573) 526-5296 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit www.sos.mo.gov to learn more about the Office of the Missouri Secretary of State.
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