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Smithsonian Exhibition at Local Museum Explores American Roots Music Traditions


Smithsonian Exhibition at LocalMuseum Explores American Roots Music Traditions

Wasilla - The DorothyG.PageMuseum, in cooperation with the Alaska Humanities Forum, is proud to host New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music, a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition. New Harmonies is on view at the DorothyG.PageMuseum now through October 30, 2009.

Through a selection of photographs, recordings and instruments, New Harmonies introduces visitors to the broad range of musical styles and traditions that mirror our national diversity. It examines the progression of American roots music and explains how our music reveals the American story – peoples reshaping themselves in a new and changing world.

“Roots Music” refers to the music that has grown out of the classic folk tradition. American roots music evolved from a blend of Anglo-European, Native American, and West African music traditions, giving birth to other music forms, including folk ballads, country, blues, bluegrass, and gospel. The inevitable intermingling of musical influences created new and exciting sounds – a new American music.

The DorothyG.PageMuseum and Wasilla have been expressly chosen by the Alaska Humanities Forum to host New Harmonies as part of the Museum on Main Street project – a national/state/local partnership to bring exhibitions and programs to rural cultural organizations. The exhibition has toured in Kodiak and Haines before arriving in Wasilla. After October, the exhibit will travel to Homer before leaving the state.

“We are very pleased to be able to bring New Harmonies to our area,” said Bethany Buckingham, curator at the DorothyG.PageMuseum. “This exhibition allows us to provide an amazing opportunity for visitors to experience America’s musical heritage and ultimately our own unique sound from Alaska.”

To celebrate this exhibition, the DorothyG.PageMuseum will host an opening reception on Saturday, September 12, 2009 between 10 and 4 pm. There will be live music, free admission and kid’s activities.

The DorothyG.PageMuseum is only one of four institutions in the state to host the exhibition and the only museum north of Homer to have this honor. School groups, civic organizations and the public are invited to view this interactive and one-of-a-kind exhibition. Please contact the museum to schedule a group visit.

The DorothyG.PageMuseum is located at 323 N. Main Street in Wasilla, next to the Wasilla Public Library. The Museum is open Monday through Saturday 9 am – 5 pm. Visit www.cityofwasilla.com/museum or call 907-373-9071 for more information about events and activities.

New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music is part of Museum on Main Street, a unique collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), state humanities councils across the nation, and local host institutions. To learn more about New Harmonies and other Museum on Main Street exhibitions, visit www.museumonmainstreet.org

Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United State Congress.
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