Garrison Appalachian Dulcimer

Garrison Appalachian Dulcimer

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This Appalachian dulcimer was made by E. M Garrison in Marion County, Ohio, around 1910-1920. It is a single-bout dulcimer made of maple, with a wood bridge, 16 metal frets, 2 moon-shaped sound holes and 2 star-shaped sound holes, carved out pegbox with three wood friction tuning pegs, and a stylized 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.

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Object Name
date made
1910 - 1920
Garrison, E. M.
place made
United States: Ohio, Marion
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
overall: 3 3/8 in x 7 1/2 in x 35 1/2 in; 8.5725 cm x 19.05 cm x 90.17 cm
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National Museum of American History
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