Antietam Early American Banjo Gathering-VII

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June 20, 2014 – June 23, 2014 all-day GMT0
Pry House Field Hospital Museum
18906 Shepherdstown Pike
MD 21756
$70 per person Pre- Registration is Requried
Kyle Wichtendahl


2014 Antietam Early Banjo Gathering (AEBG-VII)

At the National Museum of Civil War Medicine’s

Pry House Field Hospital Museum

On Antietam National Battlefield


In Partnership with

The Baltimore Museum of Industry


June 20-22, 2014


The National Museum of Civil War Medicine is proud to present the Seventh Antietam Early Banjo Gathering (AEBG-VII), the premier event for enthusiasts and scholars of the 19th-century banjo music and culture. The conference raises awareness of the early banjo’s significance in the development of American popular culture and underscores music’s importance in the lives of Civil War Americans. The event is a unique forum for both experts and novices to meet and share knowledge, playing technique, and research. Each year brings together dozens of researchers, collectors, musicians, and instrument builders from across the nation to participate in workshops, jam sessions, and scholarly lectures.

This year the NMCWM is partnering with the Baltimore Museum of Industry (BMI) to present programming at two locations. On Friday, June 20, the BMI will host the first day of events in Baltimore, Maryland to showcase its latest exhibit, “Making Music: The Banjo in Baltimore and Beyond.” On Saturday and Sunday, June 21-22, the event will resume at its traditional location at the Pry House Field Hospital Museum on Antietam National Battlefield.


FRIDAY AT THE BMI: Free and open to the public for the first 80 people to RSVP with BMI

The BMI’s special exhibit, “Making Music: The Banjo in Baltimore and Beyond,” showcases the banjo as a Maryland tradition since at least the late 1740s and how Baltimore became the setting for the instrument’s earliest mass production in the 1840s. Through the cultural convergences slavery, blackface minstrelsy, and industry, this exhibit reveals the Chesapeake region’s multicultural impact on the foundations of American popular culture. Thus, the BMI is a perfect partner for this year’s Antietam Early Banjo Gathering.

Friday’s events will include presentations by scholars in the banjo’s musical and cultural heritage, including the special exhibit’s guest curators, Greg Adams, Bob Winans, and Pete Ross. Attendees will receive a private tour of the exhibit from the curators.

To RSVP for the BMI programming, please contact Kelley Edelmann at For more information on the Baltimore Museum of Industry and its special exhibit please visit

SATURDAY & SUNDAY AT ANTIETAM: Registration $70 ($60 for current NMCWM members)

On Friday evening, AEBG attendees will return to the event’s traditional location at the Pry House Field Hospital Museum on the Antietam National Battlefield in Keedysville, MD, where formal programming will resume on Saturday morning. The Antietam portion of the gathering takes place in and around an 1840s threshing barn, lending an appropriate setting and atmosphere that is both scholarly and casual.

Scheduled activities will feature diverse program sessions each day. Presenters will talk or demonstrate on a wide range of subjects, including instrument construction, playing techniques, music, history, and other topics closely associated with the early American banjo. The conference’s schedule allows ample time for “jam sessions” and mentoring with some of the nation’s most experienced players.

Public concerts are held on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Saturday’s concert is staged in the Pry Barn, while Sunday’s concert takes place at the historic Dunker Church on Antietam Battlefield. Registered AEBG participants are invited to perform in these concerts. While performing is purely voluntary, attendees are encouraged to share and use the opportunity to play publicly with well-respected musicians in these special, historic venues.

Registered attendees are invited to camp overnight on the Pry House property (Note: registrants must provide their own period or modern tent).

The cost of registration for the Seventh Antietam Early Banjo Gathering is $70 ($60 for current NMCWM members). Registration includes Saturday and Sunday continental breakfast and lunches, lectures, overnight camping, and admission to the National Museum of Civil War Medicine and the Pry House Field Hospital Museum. Hotel accommodations are available in nearby Hagerstown, MD at a discounted rate for gathering participants.

To register for the Antietam portions of the Antietam Early Banjo Gathering, please click the link below. To register by phone or for more information, contact Kyle Wichtendahl at or 301-695-1864 ex 1013.

Please Note: Registering for the AEBG at the Pry House Field Hospital Museum on Saturday and Sunday does not automatically register you for activities at the BMI on Friday. You must register for both events separately.


Thursday, June 19: Pry House Field Hospital Museum (18906 Shepherdstown Pike, Keedysville, MD 21756)

  • 3:00 p.m. Registration/Check-in opens
  • 4:00 p.m.-? Camping set-up, social time, jamming


FRIDAY, June 20 Baltimore Museum of Industry (1415 Key Highway, Baltimore, Maryland 21230)


SATURDAY, June 21 Pry House Field Hospital Museum 

  • 8:30 a.m.: Check-in, continental breakfast (provided for registered participants only)
  • 9:00-9:45 a.m.: PRESENTATION 5: Skeffington Flynn: Board Member, Rhythm Bones Society
  • 10:30-11:15 a.m.: PRESENTATION 6: Mentoring Breakout Session #1: Joel Hooks (“banjo tricks” basics), Tim Twiss (Kerr’s “Merry Melodies” for the banjo), and Mark Weems (Repertoire from The Music of Old Joe Sweeny)
  • 12:00-1:00 p.m.: Lunch (provided for registered participants)
  • 1:30-2:15 p.m.: PRESENTATION 7:  Junious Brickhouse: Executive Director, Founder, Urban Artistry Inc.
  • 3:00-3:45 p.m.: PRESENTATION 8:  Panel Discussion: Reflections on the BMI Exhibit Making Music: The Banjo in Baltimore & Beyond (a recap of what occurred on Friday June 20—for those who could not attend—and an open discussion about some of the critical issues that shape what we do)
  • 5:15 p.m.: PUBLIC CONCERT at Pry House Field Hospital and Museum
  • 6:30 p.m.: Dinner on your own
  • 6:30 p.m.-?: Jam sessions, social time


SUNDAY, June 22 Pry House Field Hospital Museum

  • 8:30 a.m.: Check-in, continental breakfast (provided for registered participants only)
  • 9:00-9:30 a.m.: Large group meeting about AEBG 2014, logistics for Sunday afternoon concert
  • 9:30-10:15 a.m.: PRESENTATION 9:  Clarke Buehling: Banjo Virtuoso, Music Collector, Educator, Take a Step Back in Time
  • 10:30-11:15 a.m.: PRESENTATION 10: Mentoring Breakout Session #2 (to be announced)
  • 11:30-12:30 p.m.: Lunch (provided for registered participants only)
  • 12:30-2:00 p.m.: Concert preparation
  • 2:00 p.m.: PUBLIC CONCERT in Dunker Church
  • 3:00 p.m.: good-byes

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