Claremore Daily Progress

September 17, 2012

Hugh Foley to address Friends of the Library tonight

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CLAREMORE — Dr. Hugh Foley, recognized expert of Oklahoma music history and Rogers State University professor, will be guest speaker of Claremore Will Rogers Library Friends of the Library on Monday, Sept. 17. Everyone is invited to the 6 p.m. program at the Claremore public library, 1515 N. Florence, said Mike Howard, recently elected FOL president.

Dr. Foley recently spoke to the impact of Woody Guthrie on Oklahoma music, more particularly the purchase of the Woody Guthrie Archives by Tulsa's George Kaiser Family Foundation, through Guthrie's daughter, Nora. They will be in broader plans to create a center of arts, entertainment and scholarship in downtown Tulsa. The Woody Guthrie Center will feature archive displays and provide research space for scholars.
He will present insights into the contributions of Woody Guthrie and the recent anniversary celebrations in his honor. He will give an overview of the Oklahoma music scene and introduce the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, for which he serves on the board.
Dr. Foley's primary areas of teaching and scholarship at RSU are Cinema, Native American/American Indian Studies and American Popular Music.
He is adviser to the RSU Native American Student Association and coordinates the annual Native American Heritage Festival in November, stickball and basket-making workshops and the annual Graduation Powwow.
A U.S. Army Veteran and American Legion Member of the Hanner-Sharp Post 129, Stillwater, he is a volunteer for Bugles Across America, a national database of buglers who are available free of charge to play Taps for Veterans' memorial services.
Dr. Foley received his Ph.D. in English from Oklahoma State University in 2000. His dissertation explored the cultural environment of Muskogee, Okla., which led to producing more nationally recognized jazz musicians than any town its size in the United States. A graduate of Muskogee High School, he received his undergraduate degrees in English from New York University.