Shrine to Music will present exhibition America's Shrine to Music Museum at The University of South Dakota will present a major exhibition, "Four Hundred Years of Great Guitars, Banjos and Mandolins," at the Elkhorn Valley Museum in Norfolk, NE July 3-4.
Presented in collaboration with Music Mid-America and the Elkhorn Valley Historical Society, the exhibition will be held in conjunction with an outdoor music festival at the Elkhorn Valley Museum and a concert by Arlo Guthrie, nationally known singer-songwriter, in the Johnny Carson Theater, two blocks away.
The exhibition will feature 28 rare guitars, banjos and mandolins from the collections of the Shrine to Music Museum, ranging from an elaborately decorated guitar built in Venice, Italy, in 1640, to a 1990 Gibson electric autographed by Roy Acuff, Bill Monroe, Johnny Cash, Chet Atkins, Waylon Jennings, Ricky Skaggs, George Strait, Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson and other country music favorites.
According to Andre P. Larson, director of the Shrine to Music Museum, some of the instruments will be shown in public for the first time. They include a 1990 Chet Atkins Gibson electric guitar with a custom painting by Mark Cameden of the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. The unique instrument formerly belonged to Paul Craft, prominent Nashville songwriter.
Two of Barbara Mandrell's instruments will be shown, including a one-of-a-kind, lap-steel guitar that was custom-built for her by Semie Moseley, a great American guitar maker, in 1984, just after Barbara was seriously injured in a car accident.
Other instruments were once used by Tom T. Hall, the Kentucky songwriter (Harper Valley PTA); Bill Anderson, Grand Ole Opry session guitarist; and Danny Chauncey of .38 Special, a prominent Southern rock group.
A 1940 Gibson guitar was custom-built for Ray Whitley, movie cowboy and singer, who wrote Back in the Saddle Again, a song made famous by Gene Autry. Numbered No. 1, the guitar is the only example of that model ever made by the Gibson company.