Carol Appalachian Dulcimer

Carol Appalachian Dulcimer


This Appalachian dulcimer was made by Bonnie Carol in Boulder, Colorado, in 1976. It is a double-bout dulcimer, serial #103, made of cherry, with a rosewood fingerboard with 16 metal frets, four heart-shaped sound holes, 4 strings with Schaller tuners made of chrome with perloid buttons. There is label inside the instrument:

Bonnie Carol
June 76

This dulcimer was previously owned by Anne Grimes (1912-2004) 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.

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Object Name
date made
Carol, Bonnie
place made
United States: Colorado, Boulder
Physical Description
cherry (body material)
metal (frets material)
perloid (button material)
rosewood (fingerboard material)
overall: 31 1/2 in x 7 1/2 in x 3 in; 80.01 cm x 19.05 cm x 7.62 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Sara Grimes
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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I was wondering why it says “plastic” as the overall material under Physical Description? But the dulcimer is wood... Does this refer to some kind of polymer coating? Thank you!

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