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Hear the songs of the Civil War at OCC History Center May 11

Former music teacher Keith "Major Pikes Pete" Franzen, as he appears on one of his flyers.
Courtesy of Keith Franzen
April 27, 2018
       Songs that soldiers sang in the American Civil War will fill the air once more as part of a presentation by area singer/storyteller Keith Franzen Friday, May 11 at the Old Colorado City History Center, 1 S. 24th St.
       Titled “Battle Hymns of the Civil War,” the one-hour program will begin at 11 a.m.
       Using the stage name of “Major Pikes Pete,” Franzen is a retired music teacher who has researched songs from the past, particularly the 19th century. He uses his own pre-recorded accompaniments to back up his singing and stories.
       “As tragic as it was, the Civil War was unique in history as the only 'musical' war,” states an OCCHS release, describing the event as a chance to “experience the songs soldiers sang on both sides.”
       Admission is $5, but free to members of the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS). The OCCHS is the volunteer organization that owns and operates the History Center.
       The center also includes a bookstore, museum and research library. There is no charge to the public except during programs.
       The center is open Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, including how to become an OCCHS member, drop by the center or call when it's open at 636-1225.

Westside Pioneer/press release
(Community: Old Colorado City History Center)

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