JONESBOROUGH, TN – April 30, 2019 – The Jonesborough Washington County History Museum will host a traveling exhibit about Dulcimers May 13 to early June.
Coinciding with Jonesborough’s Dulcimer Days May 13-19, this exhibit looks at the history of the instrument while focusing on the craft of dulcimer making. It features luthier Ernest Combs from the Vilas community of Watauga County, North Carolina and also includes a hands-on dulcimer where visitors can try to play the instrument.
This exhibit is part of a larger traveling exhibit entitled “The Luthier’s Craft: Instrument Making Traditions of the Blue Ridge” which explores and documents the traditional arts of fiddle, guitar banjo, and dulcimer making in Southern Appalachia and the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Leading up to and following Dulcimer Days, there will be special programming centered on dulcimers and Appalachian folk music. Jonesborough will work with local craftspeople and musicians to bring the space to life with music and talks.
Join Jim and Cheri Miller for an evening of dulcimer history and music 6 p.m. May 23 at the museum. The program will begin with a look at the early evolution of the dulcimer from its European roots to the instruments today. Jim and Cheri will play a selection of traditional Appalachian songs and tunes.
“The Luthier’s Craft” was produced by the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History (Mount Airy, North Carolina) with financial support provided by The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, Interlam, Hibco Plastics, and Dr. Mac and Becky Sumner.
About the Jonesborough Washington County History Museum
The Jonesborough Washington County History Museum is located in the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center and is operated by the Heritage Alliance. The Heritage Alliance is dedicated to the preservation of the architectural, historical, and cultural heritage of our region and to providing educational experiences related to history and heritage for a wide range of audiences. For more information, call the office at 423-753-9580, or contact the organization via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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