Minnesota Polka Oral History Project

Titles Minnesota Polka Oral History Project
Description The narrators in this series include people who have been involved with the performance of ethnic polka music in Minnesota and adjacent states, both leading bands and playing and singing in them. The musical traditions include Polish, Slovakian, Finnish, Czech, German and Swedish. Many of the narrators are first or second generation Americans and describe the rich part music played in their home life and social gatherings. They all discuss how they began to play music. While most were self-taught and had very little formal music training, they are very knowledgeable about the instruments, particularly the accordion and concertina. They also discuss the number and mix of instruments and the influence of electronics. The interviews include extensive reminiscences about various bands and players over the years; some played locally (150 miles or less), and others traveled nationally. Also discussed are changes in audiences, both in numbers and musical preferences, and adaptation from "pure" ethnic music to a blend of styles that include other influences. Some of the centers of particular importance to polka music mentioned are the Mesabi Iron Range and New Prague in Minnesota, and Chicago and Cleveland.
Quantity 1 project
15 hours sound cassette
52 pages interview summary
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Creation Interviewer: Leary, James P.
Interviewee: Anzelc, John - Polka Chimes
Interviewee: Anzelc, Matt - Polka Chimes
Interviewee: Barich, Bernie
Interviewee: Barich, John
Interviewee: Barich, George
Interviewee: Buermann, Mrs. Betty
Interviewee: Chmielewski, Florian W. Sr.
Interviewee: Coopman, Ernie
Interviewee: Czerniak, Bill
Interviewee: Filipczak, John
Interviewee: Kahle, Ivan
Interviewee: Miller, Marshall
Interviewee: Minar, Jerry
Interviewee: Rysavy, Larry
Interviewee: Setniker, Ron - Polka Chimes
Dates Creation: 02/05/1990 - 02/13/1990
Holding Type Oral History - Project
Identifiers OH 44 (Library Call Number)
AV1991.3 (Accession Number)
More Info MNHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Interview, MHS Collection, sound cassette: 'Minnesota Polka Oral History Project: Interview with Bernie, John and George Barich'
Oral History - Interview, MHS Collection, sound cassette: 'Minnesota Polka Oral History Project: Interview with the Polka Chimes: Ron Setniker, Matt Anzelc and John Anzelc'
Oral History - Interview, MHS Collection, sound cassette: 'Minnesota Polka Oral History Project: Interview with Marshall Miller'
Oral History - Interview, MHS Collection, sound cassette: 'Minnesota Polka Oral History Project: Interview with John Filipczak'
Oral History - Interview, MHS Collection, sound cassette: 'Minnesota Polka Oral History Project: Interview with Jerry Minar'
Oral History - Interview, MHS Collection, sound cassette: 'Minnesota Polka Oral History Project: Interview with Ernie Coopman'
Oral History - Interview, MHS Collection, sound cassette: 'Minnesota Polka Oral History Project: Interview with Larry Rysavy'
Oral History - Interview, MHS Collection, sound cassette: 'Minnesota Polka Oral History Project: Interview with Erwin Suess'
Oral History - Interview, MHS Collection, sound cassette: 'Minnesota Polka Oral History Project: Interview with Florian Chmielewski'
Oral History - Interview, MHS Collection, sound cassette: 'Minnesota Polka Oral History Project: Interview with Ivan Kahle'
Oral History - Interview, MHS Collection, sound cassette: 'Minnesota Polka Oral History Project: Interview with Blanche Zellmer'
Oral History - Interview, MHS Collection, sound cassette: 'Minnesota Polka Oral History Project: Interview with Betty Wolf Buermann'

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