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Ramblin Richard - Wednesday, June 28

Kensington, NH…Americans have favorite songs that have been cherished over multiple generations, and on Wednesday, June 28 the Kensington Public Library and the Kensington Historical Society will host Familiar Songs - Unfamiliar Stories.  Beloved American Songs and their Amazing Stories!

Presented by Richard Kruppa, this entertaining and informative program, which begins at 7 PM brings to light the fascinating and unfamiliar stories about some of our most beloved American songs- songs like: “Old Folks at Home (Swanee River),” “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” and “Goodnight Irene.” 

Richard asks questions such as: What was America’s favorite president’s favorite song, and why was it so unlikely?  What song rose to popularity again after nearly 100 years?  How are “God Bless America” and “This Land is your Land” connected? 

This special program, “illustrated” with music has been presented throughout the region.  Exeter’s Richard Kruppa, known musically as “Ramblin’ Richard,” is a member of the New England Foundation for the Arts.  He is retired professor who studied Gospel and American folk music, and an active musician who makes more than 300 performances each year.  He tells the stories and sings the songs while accompanying himself on guitar, 5 string banjo and baritone ukulele.
The event is free and open to the public and will be held at the Kensington Public Library.  For more information call 772-5022 or email us at


This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Kensington Library is located at 126 Amesbury Road (Rte. 150) in Kensington. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 603-772-5022 or email us at, please visit our website .































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