New Harmonies

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 iMix on iTunes (To access the iMix you must have iTunes loaded on your computer. A free download of iTunes is available from Apple. Download a free version of iTunes.



New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music
Tour Schedule

March 14 – May 4, 2008
Winfield Public Library
605 College

May 9 – June 22, 2008
Deines Cultural Center
820 North Main

June 27 – August 10, 2008
Watkins Community Museum of History
1047 Massachusetts

August 15 – September 28, 2008
Independence Historical Museum
8th and Myrtle Streets

October 3 – November 9, 2008
McPherson Museum
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.