Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: 11 December 1930

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Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: 11 December 1930

Postby dbennett » Mon Dec 11, 2017 6:26 am

John Rice Irwin was born in Union County, Tennessee. While he was an infant, Irwin and his family were forced to move because their land was appropriated and flooded for the Norris Dam. After settling on another farm near Clinton, Tennessee, they were again forced to move for the development of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, in the early 1940s. He served in the US Army infantry in the early 1940s, and later would complete his bachelor’s degree at Lincoln Memorial University. He also earned his master’s degree in international law at the University of Tennessee. At the age of 31, he was elected superintendent of schools in Anderson County, Tennessee, becoming the youngest superintendent in Tennessee. John Rice Irwin spent a lifetime collecting the artifacts of the Appalachian people, buying items at local auctions, going door to door, or spur of the moment as he ran across things that no one wanted or that interested him. His grandfather once advised him, “You ought to keep these old-timey things that belonged to our people and start you a little museum sometime.” He founded the Museum of Appalachia in 1968. The museum has a very nice, and large, collection of vintage dulcimers.
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Re: Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: 11 December 1930

Postby dbennett » Mon Dec 11, 2017 6:27 am

see my dulcimentary Dulcimer Collection at the Museum of Appalachia
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Re: Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: 11 December 1930

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