Iva Rindlisbacher, Helene Stratman-Thomas, and Lois Rindlisbacher at Swiss bells, Rice Lake, Wisconsin, 1941.
Helene Stratman-Thomas headed the Wisconsin Folk Music Recording Project, an effort by the Library of Congress and the University of Wisconsin to document traditional music across the state in the 1940s.
listen: the Rindlisbacher family performs “Emmentalerlied” on the Swiss bells
read more: Erika Janik, “Helene Stratman-Thomas: Wisconsin Songcatcher,” Wisconsin Magazine of History 94:2 (2010)
via: Wisconsin Folksong Collection, 1937-1946, Wisconsin Historical Society and Mills Music Library by way of University of Wisconsin Digital Collections