Thursday, November 17, 2011

Smithsonian traveling exhibit - "New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music Opened Sunday!

On Sunday, the Roseau County Museum held the ribbon cutting for the Smithsonian traveling exhibit New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music. What a great exhibit, it touches on all genres of music developed in the United States and the history of the times the music was developed. Roseau County Commissioner Roger Falk cut the ribbon.

In the above photo left to right: Britt Dahl, RLou Specher, Charleen Haugen, Roger Falk,and  behind Falk, Marie Kompelien, and board members Lola Grafstrom, Ida Novacek, Harriet Heinen, and Helen Wagner.

Over 80 people attended the event which was followed by a catered dinner. We were pleased to have Elizabeth DeSoto of the Minnesota Humanities Center attend the ribbon cutting and dinner.

This was an exhibit that people thoroughly enjoyed and several came back to look at it when I went in to work Monday and Thursday. Music always seems to leave one with a memories; memories of songs sung with friends, dances, first loves, the husband and wife song, said songs that remind us of parents or grandparents who have passed on, the cheaters and heart breakers or the hymn of faith that gives us hope. This exhibit includes all of that and more.

It is amazing that the United States was the birth place of so many different types of music, rock and roll, blues, jazz, disco, country western, songs of freedom. As I walked through the exhibit it reminded me of Patsy Cline and I fall to pieces. Elvis and Love me Tender. What are you favorite songs from days past?

Harvest of Hope Ensemble

Roseau Co. Commissioners Roger Falk and Jack Swanson

As one can see this is a very fun exhibit!

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