MSG's Maura Johnson Speaks at the Transportation Research Board's Mid-Year Meeting
MSG Architectural Historian Maura Johnson was a speaker at the Transportation Research Board’s mid-year meeting of the ADC50 (Standing Committee on Historic and Archaeological Preservation in Transportation) in Minneapolis, MN. Maura was one of four panelists speaking on the topic of “Documenting the Marginalia” – describing how cultural resource professionals are identifying and evaluating various aspects of African American history as part of our work. Maura’s presentation focused on the Hines Farm Blues Club in rural Lucas County, Ohio. The club was established outside Swanton on a farm owned by Frank and Sarah Hines, who came to the area in 1937 from the Deep South. From the 1940s to 70s, the Hines Farm was a popular destination for music-lovers and families from throughout the region, and it became a regular stop for blues artists and performers on the musical circuit between Detroit and Chicago. Legendary blues and rhythm-and-blues musicians who played there included Count Basie, BB King, Little Esther Phillips, Jimmy Reed and Otis Redding. The club is now mostly silent, although local and regional artists still play there occasionally.