Hartgen award to honor UM’s Sandy Ives

Posted April 11, 2010, at 9:15 p.m.

ORONO — Longtime University of Maine professor and internationally renowned folklorist Edward “Sandy” Ives is being honored posthumously with the Vincent A. Hartgen Award.

Ives, who died in August 2009, will be honored in a ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday, April 16, at Wells Conference Center.

Tulane University folklore professor Nick Spitzer, who produces and hosts “American Routes” on National Public Radio, will be the keynote speaker.

Performers at the awards ceremony will include professional storyteller Jo Radner, emeritus professor of folklore from American University and former president of the American Folklore Society; Old Grey Goose, a Maine group that often features songs Ives collected in Maine and the Maritimes; and Jeff “Smokey” McKeen, a former student of Ives’ and a member of Old Grey Goose.

Ives was a UMaine English and anthropology professor from 1955 to 1999 and founder of the Maine Folklife Center. In his career he published dozens of articles, books and recordings based on his journeys to lumber camps all over the state and region.

His wife, Bobby, will accept the award.

The Hartgen Award is given out by the Patrons of the Arts, a social organization that seeks to support the arts on campus. John I. Patches, the executive director of the University of Maine’s Collins Center for the Arts, was last year’s honoree.

The award is named after UMaine art professor Vincent A. Hartgen, who died in 2002.

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