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Exhibit focuses on America's music

Visitors can learn about many different aspects of America's music during a special exhibit now on display at Booth Library.

The exhibit is being held in conjunction with a program series, America's Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway, being held on the EIU campus through April 6.

The America's Music exhibit focuses on several genres of music, including country, bluegrass, folk, soul, disco, hip hop, Broadway, blues, gospel, jazz and rock 'n' roll, as well as looking at topics such as the business of music, music technology and more.

The exhibit features The Donald and Suellyn Garner Illinois Sheet Music Collection, which contains the work of Illinois artists who wrote music and lyrics, participated in publication or designed cover art. These materials are now a part of Booth Library's Special Collections. The Garners are longtime residents of Charleston.

The exhibit includes albums, musical instruments, historical information, sheet music and biographical souvenirs, in addition to a Meme Generator, at which visitors are invited to create their own title or caption for historic sheet music and photos. For exhibit descriptions and online access to the Meme Generator, visit

Curators for the exhibit are graduate students in history Philip Mohr and Patrick Vonesh, assisted by Amy Gilkey, undergraduate student of English, and Luis Alarcon, graduate student of English.