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Jean Ritchie and George Pickow collection, 1923-2015

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Series 5: Artifacts
BOX 219 Appalachian dulcimer, 1923
A dulcimer made in 1923 by J. Edward Thomas of Knott County, Kentucky. Possibly walnut; three-string, half-fretted, with four heart-shaped soundholes. The shape and the soundholes are the "Kentucky style," developed by Thomas. It can be seen in photos of Jean with a gathering of her dulcimers, and on the cover of her album "The Most Dulcimer." It appears near the bottom edge of the cover, and can be only partially seen.
BOX 220 Dulcimer pick, circa 1970s
An asymetrical piece of yellow plastic, cut from the top of a Mazola margarine container. It was Jean's pick of choice.
BOX 220 Bowman Patterson Award, undated
Bowman Patterson Award, from the University of Kentucky; given to Jean in a personalized presentation case. A medallion embedded in a clear Lucite block.
BOX 221 Lanyards, circa 1960s-2000s
Lanyards, most with cords or ribbons still attached, for Jean and George to wear at concerts, festivals, and other events. Most are for Jean. Those for George are usually as a guest or as a photographer.
BOX 220 Buttons and badges, circa 1960s-2000s
Most serve the same function as lanyards: as identification for Jean or George at events. Some buttons have a saying or slogan, and are not intended as identification.
BOX 218 Banner, 2005
Banner for the musical, "Singin' the Moon Up: the Voice of Jean Ritchie." Only "Sing [sic] the Moon Up" and the performance dates appear on the banner. Blue letters on a yellow background. 16 in. x 30 in.
BOX 220 Two decorative paper napkins, circa 1950s
The first napkin shows a man and woman dancing; the border is edged on two sides with depictions of clover. The illustrations are in black and shades of green. The second napkin has a bicentennial theme, in red white, and blue, with stars, the Liberty bell, and a striped border cut to resemble fringe.

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