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Guide on Past and Current Archives & Special Collections Exhibits @ the University of Pittsburgh Library System - Oakland (2020-present)

“My Old Kentucky Home”: The Astonishing Life and Reckoning of an Iconic American Song

Date of exhibit: Fall 2022-Spring 2023 

Curator: Kathryn Haines (Head of the Center for American Music) 

Location: Digital Interactive Wall, Archives & Special Collections exhibit gallery, 3rd floor Hillman Library, University of Pittsburgh 3960 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15260 

Description: In her new book My Old Kentucky Home, Emily Bingham explores the long, strange journey of what has come to be seen by some as an American anthem, an integral part of our folklore, culture, customs, foundation, a living symbol of a “happy past.” But Stephen Foster's “My Old Kentucky Home” was never just a song. It was always a song about slavery with the real Kentucky home inhabited by the enslaved and shot through with violence, despair, and degradation. This exhibit takes you on a journey through her book with materials held by the Foster Hall Collection at the Center for American Music, part of the University of Pittsburgh Library System.  

Photographs of the Exhibit