Caffè Lena Recordings Travel to New York City for Preservation

Did you or someone you know make an audio or video recording at Caffè Lena? Do you have further background information or additional recordings related to the sources in this Blog? Please contact us so that we can continue to save Lena's recorded history. . .

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Connections

Its been a whirlwind and exciting last few months since we launched the new Caffè Lena History Project website. Luckily thanks to the Splinter Group’s help to outfit us with the social media tools of the century, Facebook and Twitter have stayed up to speed, and you can visit there to catch up on the latest between then and now. As for now, this space will begin to become more active beginning with these introductory words about the next few posts to come: In a recent interview with his translator Momoko Gill, Jazz Loft Project Director Sam Stephenson asks Momoko to describe her interview experience with the JLP. She responds, “We were strangers from different ends of the globe, united by one man of the past, sharing for just one or two hours a...

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Pete Seeger and Caffè Lena

Pete Seeger: "I’ll always remember Lena. What she did is a modern miracle, which may save the world!". On January 15th, 2011, a cold and brisk winter day in upstate New York, a bounding, energetic 92-year old Pete Seeger greeted us in the snowy driveway of his mountain cabin with these words. Before George and I had set foot out of the car, Pete continued: “. . .If the human race is still here in a hundred years, it will be the small places that save us!”

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December 2010 Newsletter

This time of year the Caffè Lena History Project, an initiative with Caffè Lena to honor and document the legacy of America’s oldest continuously running folk music coffeehouse, gives thanks to all those who have helped make this project possible. Your generous donations, support, and encouragement keep this important project on course. Thank you!

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June 2010 Newsletter

Greetings, friends! Welcome to the second edition of our Caffè Lena History Project newsletter. May 21st, 2010 marked Caffè Lena’s 50th year! In Saratoga Springs where it all began, the Caffè’s community (along with some special friends including Jim Kweskin, Geoff Muldaur, Arlo Guthrie and Robin & Linda Williams) celebrated America’s oldest continuously running folk coffeehouse, recognized today as a national treasure. The grandmother of the folk music scene kicked off her golden birthday with a visit from the New York Folks Arts Roundtable gathering on Wednesday night, held its much loved Open Mic on Thursday night, continued with a Friday night performance that also announced plans for our upcoming renovation campaign, held an all day...

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February 2010 Newsletter

Greetings, friends! Welcome to the first newsletter from the Caffè Lena History Project. 2010 marks Caffè Lena’s 50th year! You are receiving this newsletter because of your love for the preservation of music history. Since 2002 the Caffè Lena History Project has been committed to documenting the history of the Caffè, the grandmother of the folk music scene, and commemorating the life and legacy of its founder, Lena Spencer. Over the past eight years the Caffè Lena History Project has: Collected oral histories from Caffè community members. Some interviewees have passed on, but their stories have been forever preserved. Collected rare photos of performers, Lena and staff, assisting in the archival efforts of the Joe Alper and Joe Deuel Caffè Lena...

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