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Folks are Folks; Women in Bluegrass Music and Beyond

Posted by: Mary Dell Jenkins

As we add titles to our collection from the Smithsonian Collection, we are eagerly learning more about different music genres and their development, particularly of American Folk Music. When I was told I would have “other duties as assigned” there was no indication that those duties would be so enjoyable. I grew up listening to …

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In Performance: Musicians Take the Stage

Posted by: Mary Dell Jenkins

While most people associate Louis Braille with the system of reading and writing for the blind, many are not aware he was also an accomplished organist and musician.  There is good evidence he created the Braille code for music first and language second.  But whichever came first, the literary or the music code, we’re just grateful …