Richard Kurin

Richard Kurin

Distinguished Scholar and Ambassador-at-Large
Dr. Dwandalyn Reece

Dr. Dwandalyn Reece

National Museum of African American History and Culture
Dr. John Edward Hasse

Dr. John Edward Hasse

National Museum of American History

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Anthology of American Folk Music, various artists
1997, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

The year 2018 marks the anniversary of a number of remarkable music events and people. The pages in this collection travel back through history to look at some of the Smithsonian collections that relate to notable music events and people 50, 100, 150, 200, and 250 years ago. 

Music and spirituality are intricately related, with spirituality often being the inspiration for the creation of music, and music so often creating the desired atmosphere for a spiritual occasion. 

While spirituality is not necessarily experienced through religion, many people use religion as a conduit for their everyday spirituality. The objects selected here help demonstrate the relationship between music and many of the world's largest religions. 

View a sample of the Latino and Latin American music resources in the Smithsonian's collections. 

Work inspires music and music inspires work. With the celebration of Labor Day, this Spotlight focuses on the ways in which work and music inspire one another to produce more fulfilling work and more meaningful music. Enjoy essays, videos, and objects drawn from across the Smithsonian, and get creative with how you incorporate music into your own daily work life.

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