Boulder History Museum
1206 Euclid Avenue
Boulder, CO 80302
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Power of Music:
Photographic Portraits of Americans
and their Musical Instruments,
Friday, May 28, 2010 - Sunday, August 08, 2010
<i><b>Power of Music:</b></i><br> Photographic Portraits of Americans<br> and their Musical Instruments,<br> 1860-1915

This exhibition provides a rare insight into the prevalence of performed music among 19th century Americans. With the birth of photography, many musicians—including Civil War soldiers, cowboys, Vaudeville performers and middle-class Victorians—were able to pose with their favorite instruments to show their pride and love of music. The images were collected over a period of 25 years by historian and musician Mark L. Gardner and the vast majority have never been published or assembled for public view.

In addition to the traveling exhibit, the Museum will provide supplemental photos of Boulder's own musical passion and hands-on musical activities for visitors of all ages. The exhibit will also include a film, created by Parlando School for the Arts, which features several modern-day families who keep music at the center of their lives both in their homes and in their studies at Parlando.

Joint Admission Discount Offer
Visit the Museum’s Power of Music Exhibit or attend a Colorado Music Festival program and receive a discount on admission at the other venue.

  • Receive a Colorado Music Festival ticket discount coupon with each paid Adult and Senior Museum Admission.
  • Receive 50% off Adult or Senior Museum Admission with a 2010 CMF Season Ticket Stub.


Tour Management by Smith Kramer Fine Art Services, Kansas City, Missouri.


Exhibit Sponsored by:
Doty Lyle and Jones,Mark H. Carson & Associates and Noble Brothers Violin Shop.

Event Location:
Boulder History Museum