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Sheet Music of the Week: American Indian Edition

Posted by: Pat Padua

On this day in 1924, Congress passed the Indian Citizenship Act, which granted citizenship to all Native Americans born in the United States. In the Muse remembers this day with American Indian Melodies, one of the first publications  by the Wa-Wan Press. Arthur Farwell, who harmonized the traditional melodies,  founded the imprint in 1901 as …

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June 1, 1862: Lee takes Command

Posted by: Cait Miller

The following is a guest post from Head of Acquisitions & Processing Denise Gallo. When the Civil War began, Lincoln’s army was under the command of a well-seasoned war hero, General Winfield Scott. For the task at hand, though, his reputation served little, since Scott, whose initial Army commission had been issued in 1808, was …

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Sheet Music of the Week: Great Mustaches Edition

Posted by: Pat Padua

The results of last week’s World Beard and Mustache Championship provides a  hirsute backdrop to this week’s featured sheet music. Our esteemed colleagues at the Smithsonian Archives of American Art occasionally blog the praises of historical facial hair, and In the Muse has previously noted the Flickr meme,  Great Mustaches of the Library of Congress . …

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Maryland, my Maryland! Remembering the Pratt Street Riot

Posted by: Cait Miller

The following is a guest post from Head of Acquisitions & Processing Dr. Denise Gallo. Although the Mason-Dixon Line originated in the 1760s to resolve a border conflict between the colonies of Maryland, Pennsylvania and Delaware, the role it assumed in the Civil War was deeply cultural and philosophical. To its north lay the states …

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Sheet Music of the Week: Obsessive-Compulsive Edition

Posted by: Pat Padua

This week’s featured title comes from Henri Dora. “Puzzle March” is illustrated with the image of a refined gentleman hard at work on a puzzle whose solution would seem simple enough: to put the numbers one through fifteen in order. Our distinguished fop is nonetheless frustrated, frazzled, and finally driven mad by his inability to …