Lauren Vanderlinden is a PhD candidate in ethnomusicology, and her work focuses on the intersections of genre, identity, and narratives of Americana in country music and rodeo. She has spent much of her life working in museums, archives, and nonprofits that center community engagement with music, including the Smithsonian Institute, Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration, and UCSB’s historical sound recording archive. She is also interested in exploring alternative and community-based forms of ethnography that emphasize creativity, collaboration, and experimental methods for storytelling.
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Read Lauren’s essay on Smithsonian collections relating to the 1937 musical The Cradle Will Rock.