Banjo Heaven in Bricktown

September 11, 2009

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Amidst all the media attention devoted to blockbuster exhibitions at our leading museums, it’s easy to neglect the fine work being done by smaller museums with specialized focus, and often in less-trafficked places.

What brings this to mind now is the grand opening of the American Banjo Museum in Bricktown, Oklahoma City yesterday. Their admirable Web site more than justifies the trouble they are taking over this one instrument, so important in the history of American vernacular music; and the serious treatment that they accord their subject could serve as a model to many.

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Tip of the hat to Marianna Whitmer at the Society for American Music

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