Nora Guthrie

Nora Guthrie

With 2019 marking the centennial of Pete Seeger’s birth, the Mariposa Museum & World Culture Center in Peterborough will host a participatory celebration of Seeger and fellow folk music icon Woody Guthrie on Saturday from 3 to 6 p.m. with special guest presenter Nora Guthrie, daughter of Woody Guthrie.

Guthrie will take center stage to offer her new multimedia presentation, “What Pete Taught Woody,” with interviews, photos and archival materials providing insight into the working relationship between Seeger and Guthrie.

Ahead of Guthrie’s presentation, local songleaders Amy Conley, Steve Schuch, Mike Bradley and David Lord will warm up the crowd with a participatory Seeger and Guthrie “sing-in.”

“We are honored to host Nora and this local celebration of Pete Seeger’s and Woody Guthrie’s lives and legacies,” said Karla Hostetler, executive director of the Mariposa. “We’re lining up a series of programs that invite current and future artists to explore ways through which creative expression can contribute to both personal transformation and broad-scale social change. What better way to start this exploration than through a celebration of Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie — two folk legends whose music has inspired generations of people seeking to make the world a better, more fair, more peaceful place?”

The Mariposa’s newest exhibit, “Hello, Dear Enemy!”, an interactive exhibit that uses children’s literature to explore tough themes and uncover creative pathways to understanding differences and resolving conflict, will provide a backdrop for the Guthrie and Seeger event.

Admission to “What Pete Taught Woody” is $25. Advance purchase is recommended as seating will be limited. Tickets may be purchased online through the Mariposa website,, or by calling the front desk at 924-4555.

The Mariposa Museum is at 26 Main St. in Peterborough.