Exhibit Explores the Dulcimer's Historic JourneyDate(s): January 18 - August 11, 2013
William King Museum|
203 Academy Drive NW
Abingdon, VA 24212
ABINGDON, VA — OPENING JAN. 18: "The Virginia Dulcimer: 200 Years of Bowing, Strumming and Picking: On loan from the Blue Ridge Institute and Museum" is on exhibit at the William King Museum, Abingdon, Va., in the Price-Strongwell Galleries. The exhibit continues through Aug.11.
The dulcimer is one of the most popular symbols of mountain music. This exhibition explores the dulcimer's long journey from northern Europe, to the mountains of Appalachia, and into the hands of folk musicians across the nation. The Old World dulcimer underwent a dramatic change in Virginia. In "The Virginia Dulcimer," the story unfolds with more than 50 examples of the instrument dating from the 1700s to the present — including an 1832 Floyd County dulcimer, the oldest known signed-and-dated example in the nation.
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