Smithsonian Travelling Exhibit Coming to McCelvey Center in June

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 30, 2012 


York, SC – The Culture & Heritage Museums in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution and the Humanities CouncilSC is pleased to announce New Harmonies:  Celebrating American Roots Music will be coming to the McCelvey Center in York, SC in June.  “New Harmonies” is a travelling exhibition that shares America’s story by examining the roots of American music and highlights distinct types of American roots music including blues, country, folk, gospel, Native American, and sacred harp.  The exhibit features interactive panels, listening kiosks, photographs, instruments, lyrics and artist profiles. 


Although “roots music” is a relatively new term that generally applies to forms of folk music, its influences run deep throughout American culture and can be heard in today’s commercial country, gospel, pop and hip-hop genres. “New Harmonies” focuses on how roots music gives Americans a soundtrack and a voice for their stories.   The Culture & Heritage Museums will supplement the travelling exhibit by exploring the metrolina region’s musical heritage. The exhibition opens June 16th and will run through July 29th.  A series of musical concerts, camps and lectures will be announced that will inspire community pride in our own region’s musical heritage.


“New Harmonies” is a part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and the Federation of State Humanities Councils.  Support for the Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.


Watch for the release of upcoming, toe-tapping programming details…