Appalachian Dulcimer

Appalachian Dulcimer

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This Appalachian dulcimer was made by an unknown maker in West Virginia, undetermined date. It is a single-bout dulcimer, with a metal nut and tailpiece, wood bridge, 15 metal frets, 2 stylized s-shaped sound holes, carved out peg box with 4 mismatched wooden friction tuning pegs, and a round head. There is a narrow leather strip attached to the tail end of the instrument.

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
Object Name
dulcimer
place made
United States: West Virginia
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 3 7/8 in x 7 in x 36 1/2 in; 9.8425 cm x 17.78 cm x 92.71 cm
ID Number
1996.0276.29
accession number
1996.0276
catalog number
1996.0276.29
collector/donor number
J1
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Cultural and Community Life: Musical Instruments
Music & Musical Instruments
Dulcimers
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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