September 25 – November 6, 2010
Weizenblatt Gallery, Moore Auditorium
Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies at Mars Hill University
Listen to America’s music and hear the story of freedom. It’s the story of people in a New World, places they have left behind, and ideas they have brought with them. It is the story of people who were already here, but whose world was remade. The distinct cultural identities of all of these people are carried in song-both sacred and secular. Their music tracks the unique history of many peoples reshaping each other into one incredibly diverse and complex people – Americans. Their music is the roots of American music.
New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.