March 14, 2008 – January 4, 2009
New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music toured Kansas in 2008. The Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition explored the many genres of roots music that combine to form America’s Soundtrack: blues, country, gospel, bluegrass, zydeco, tejano, klezmer, and many more unique American musical styles.
Visitors to New Harmonies experienced the history of roots music from early Native American music to the 1960s folk revival through artifacts, photographs, and music samples from the Smithsonian Institution’s collections. Hands-on stations invited visitors to play spoons, pluck a diddley bow, or stop and experience the music of artists such as Country legend Jimmie Rodgers and Gospel great Mahalia Jackson.
Lyrics to “This Exhibit is Your Exhibit,” a song about the New Harmonies Kansas Tour, 2008.
New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music
June 27 – August 10, 2008
Watkins Community Museum of History
August 15 – September 28, 2008
Independence Historical Museum
8th and Myrtle Streets
October 3 – November 9, 2008
1130 East Euclid
November 14, 2008 – January 4, 2009
Atchison County Historical Society
200 S. 10th Street, Santa Fe Depot
Promotional support provided by Kansas Travel and Tourism
This program was presented in part by the Kansas Arts Commission, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.