Compiled and edited by Robert B. Waltz
How can I get one?
|Copies of the Heritage Songbook have been distributed to
school districts, parks, and historical societies around the state. You
can probably find a copy there. You can also order one of the remaining copies
(while supplies last). Or you can download the PDF version
here. The PDF (4.7 megabytes) includes
the entire contents of the book, and is a free download!
Contact us to order a paper copy ($10 including shipping and handling for destinations in the United States).
How can I learn the songs?
|We've included MIDI files of many of the songs on the Songs page. You can play the tunes right in your browser, or save them and play them in any program that can play MIDI files|
Hey! I know a song!
|Did your parents (or grandparents, or friends) sing songs -- work songs,
game songs, lullabyes, stories of past events? Do you know if they were
handed down from person to person? That's wonderful. It means that you are
part of the folk process. We'd like to include your songs in our song
database. Contact songbook editor Robert B. Waltz at
firstname.lastname@example.org so we can
try to include your song.
A request: Please don't contact us with songs you wrote. This is a project documenting the history of songs sung in Minnesota. The emphasis is on songs sung before the twentieth century. Modern songs are for other venues.
What other songs are found in Minnesota?
|A full catalog of songs collected in Minnesota can be found in the Song List.|
|Here are some additional songs with Minnesota ties that did not fit in the printed Heritage Songbook.|
|If you want to know more about the songs
in this collection, you will find additional reference sources (and, in some
cases, additional background notes) at the site of the
Click here for a catalog of informants and sources.
The song you hear as you load this page is "The Jam on Gerry's Rocks," as sung by A. C. Hannah of Bemidji and printed by Franz Rickaby in 1926.