Appalachian Plucked Dulcimer


This Appalachian dulcimer was made in the United States, undetermined date. It is a single-bout dulcimer possibly made of mahogany, with a wood nut and bridge, 13 metal frets, 4 groups of three-hole sound holes, carved out pegbox with 4 wood friction tuning pegs, and a violin-like head.

Anne Grimes (1912-2004) was an American journalist, musician, and historian of American (particularly Midwestern) folklore. Grimes studied voice and piano at Ohio Wesleyan and initiated graduate studies at Ohio State University. Following her education, Grimes was a music teacher, music and dance critic, and radio host. After WWII, Grimes began collecting and documenting folk songs throughout Ohio, as well as collecting Appalachian dulcimers and zithers. She would continue this work, performing, recording, and lecturing on instruments from her collection throughout the rest of her career.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States

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Exhibition Location:

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1996.0276.41Accession Number: 1996.0276Catalog Number: 1996.0276.41

Object Name: dulcimer

Physical Description: wood (overall material)Measurements: overall: 3 7/16 in x 9 7/16 in x 35 1/2 in; 8.73125 cm x 23.97125 cm x 90.17 cm


Record Id: nmah_608146

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