Chicago and the Folk Music Revival, 1957-1970: A Tale of Two Key Figures – Ray Flerlage and Win Stracke

Project Information


This project explores the role of Chicago in the Folk Music Revival of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, particularly through the contributions of two key figures: “documentarian,” Raeburn Flerlage, who left a vast visual legacy of performers and venues, and “visionary” Win Stracke, who co-founded the Old Town School of Folk Music, an institution devoted to teaching and learning folk music.

Faculty Chicago Fellow

W. Rand Smith, Irving L. & Fern D. Young Presidential Professor of Politics, Emeritus, Lake Forest College

Chicago Fellows Year


Chicago Fellows Research Assistant

Elizabeth A. Hozie, ’20 (Lake Forest College)