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The Center for Public History is once again assisting the Georgia Humanities Council with the tour of a Smithsonian Museum on Main Street exhibit.  New Harmonies, a traveling exhibit about American roots music, will be arriving in Georgia in April 2012, and Dr. Ann McCleary, Center for Public History Director, is the state scholar for the exhibit.

The Center has created a project team consisting of McCleary; Bobby Moore, a public history graduate research assistant; Angie Ramirez, a graduate intern researching Hispanic music in Georgia; and Mollie Marlow, an undergraduate research assistant.  The team will work with an Advisory Committee of scholars from around the state.

The Center is already busy at work on this project.  Our first main project is to create the content for a special issue of the Georgia Music magazine that will double as a statewide catalog for the exhibit.  This issue will showcase Georgia’s roots music from its early history through the present day.  The magazine will be developed with Georgia Music editor Lisa Love from the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.

The second goal is to create a website full of resources related to Georgia roots music, including short essays, articles, and photographs of the various genres in Georgia; a bibliography of sources such as books and documentaries; a discography of Georgia roots music; and a list of festivals and historic sites and museums that highlight this history. 

We hope that these resources will help Georgians enjoy a year-long celebration of Georgia music as the exhibit tours to small communities around the State.

To become involved in this exciting new project, please contact Dr. Ann McCleary at amcclear@westga.edu

For more information on New Harmonies, please visit the Smithsonian exhibit website at http://www.museumonmainstreet.org/newharmonies/index.htm

To learn more about the Georgia Humanities Council and this Museum on Main Street tour, please visit http://www.georgiahumanities.org/culture-and-community/museum-on-main-street