Collection number: MC 298
Size: (2 boxes) (0.5 cu.ft.)
About Michael McKernan
Michael McKernan is a caller, fiddler, banjo player, and dance historian from Putney, VT. He was a member of the contra dance band Applejack, as well as the Brattleboro Brass Band, and completed many dance/music residencies in area schools. He has published widely on the history of New England contra dance, and organized the Brattleboro Dawn Dances in the late 1970s. McKernan also briefly served on the Ralph Page Dance Legacy Weekend Committee. Other interests include shape note (Sacred Harp) singing, Morris dancing, and rare books.
Many of the well-known names of 1970s New England contra dance are represented: Ralph Sweet, Molly Mason, Jay Unger, April Limber, Pete Colby, Bob McQuillen, Dudley Laufman, the Lamprey River Band, New England Tradition, NEFFA, Champlain Valley Festival, Ralph Page Legacy Weekend, Rod Miller, Randy Miller, Gordan Peery, Duke Miller, Tony Parkes, David Kaynor, Cammie Kaynor, Van Kaynor, and many others.
About the Michael McKernan Collection
The Michael McKernan papers consist of correspondence, posters, newsletters, and promotional material related to the Brattleboro Brass Band, Applejack, and many other events McKernan attended or in which he participated. Many posters reflect the fine calligraphy of David Kaynor, especially those from the Guiding Star Grange in Deerfield, MA.
This collection is open.
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[Identification of item], Michael McKernan Papers, 1960-2000, MC 298, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.
Gift of the creator, ca. 2000
Approximately 6 cu. ft. of material, mostly consisting of dance posters and newsletters, was separated for preservation reasons.
Original order was not discernable upon acquisition.
|Box 1, Folder 1||Correspondence I|
|Box 1, Folder 2||Correspondence II|
|Box 1, Folder 3||Photos/Press Clippings|
|Box 1, Folder 4||Music and Set Lists|
|Box 1, Folder 5||Music for the Brattleboro Brass Band|
|Box 1, Folder 6||Applejack with Bob McQuillen|
|Box 1, Folder 7||Ralph Page Dance Legacy Weekend Materials|
|Box 1, Folder 8||Brattleboro Dawn Dances|
|Box 1, Folder 9||McKernan: Selected Events|
|Box 1, Folder 10||Pioneer Valley Folklore Society Newsletter|
|Box 2, Folder 1||Seacoast Country Dance Newsletter|
|Box 2, Folder 2||Sampling of Posters I|
|Box 2, Folder 3||Sampling of Posters II|