The founding father of bluegrass and its distinguishing features will be presented in a documentary during Wartburg College’s “America’s Music” series Thursday, Oct. 3.

“High Lonesome: The Story of Bluegrass Music” will be shown during the 6:30-8:30 p.m. session, which will be at the Waverly Public Library instead of Wartburg. Featuring Bill Monroe, the founder of bluegrass, the film depicts the history of the “high lonesome” genre and its sorrowful sound and audible vocal strain.

The six-session “America’s Music” series, which runs on consecutive Thursdays through Oct. 17, is free and open to the public.

For more information about the series, a project of the Tribeca Film Institute in collaboration with the America Library Association, Tribeca Flashpoint and the Society for American Music, go to The Wartburg sessions were made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the ALA.