HARRODSBURG - Ragged Edge Community Theater will present Shirley Boyd at 3 p.m. Jan. 16. The topic of Boyd's talk is "Saving Appalachian Music." The event will be held at the theater on Main Street.
Boyd, professor of public speaking at Ashland Community and Technical College, will discuss "The Traipsin' Woman: Jean Thomas." Thomas, born in Ashland (1881-1982), was fascinated by mountain music. She began her mission to save it while traveling Eastern Kentucky as a court stenographer, collecting songs and folklore and earning a nickname - "The Traipsin' Woman."
In the 1920s, after years of glamorous living in New York and Hollywood, Thomas again turned her attention to Appalachian music. She launched a new career as a self-made impresario by arranging an international tour and recording contract for a blind fiddler she discovered in Morehead.
Then, in 1932, she started the American Folk Song Festival, which for 40 years celebrated and preserved traditional Appalachian music. Thomas also wrote eight books about the Appalachian people and culture she loved.