Ephrata Cloister’s Glass Trumpet is likely “one of a kind”

Ephrata Cloister’s Glass Trumpet is likely “one of a kind”

It’s not often that an archaeological find is classified as “one of a kind.” However, a glass trumpet discovered in Pennsylvania merits such a distinction. Archaeological investigations have been conducted at Ephrata Cloister, an unusual German religious commune founded in 1732 in Lancaster County, since 1993. In 1995, this unique artifact was unearthed from a …

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Martin Guitar: An acoustic history played out in timeless tunes

Martin Guitar: An acoustic history played out in timeless tunes

  Long respected in the music community, C.F. Martin & Company of Nazareth, Penn., has produced acoustic instruments since 1833. Founder Christian Frederick Martin Sr. initially took up the family craft of cabinet making, but soon left his native Markneukirchen, in present-day Germany , for Vienna to study guitars. Upon his return, Martin found himself …

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Philadelphia-made banjo plays into Pennsylvania history

Philadelphia-made banjo plays into Pennsylvania history

    From plantations to coal mines, from Broadway to Victorian parlors, in churches and taverns, the banjo has been a part of the American landscape since the 18th century.  The stringed instrument has shaped all kinds of musical styles and crossed racial, cultural and social boundaries. This week’s feature is a S.S. Stewart, five-string …

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