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Retrospective Exhibit Celebrates Bridger Folk Music Society's History

Thursday, Apr. 10, 2014

a poster by graphic artist Bob Bissland is included in a retrospective exhibit

A number of concert posters designed by Bob Bissland are included in the exhibit. This example was used for a concert by Greg Brown.

folk instruments included in USU exhibit

A hammer dulcimer (top), bowed psaltery (middle) and Appalachian or mountain dulcimer (below) are part of the display of folk instruments at the Merrill-Cazier Library and the Bridger Folk Music exhibit.

University Libraries at Utah State University, in conjunction with the community-based Bridger Folk Music Society, hosts an exhibit that celebrates the society’s 35 anniversary.

The exhibit, Celebrating Folk Music in Cache Valley: Selections from Special Collections and Archives and Bridger Folk Music Society, 1979-2014, opens April 10 and can be seen in the atrium area of USU’s Merrill-Cazier Library through June 6.

An opening reception celebrates the exhibition and is Friday, April 18, from 5:30-7 p.m. at the library.

The exhibit includes items from University Libraries and its Fife Folklore Archives and ephemera collected from past and current Bridger Folk Music Society board members.

Twelve original posters by award-winning graphic artist Bob Bissland will constitute the core of the exhibit. The exhibit will also include a display of music CDs and musical instruments generally seen and heard in folk music.

The Bridger Folk Music Society was founded in 1979 by a group of folk music lovers who wanted to create more opportunities for folksingers and musicians to perform in Logan, and provide a way for local musicians to meet and play music together. Originally loosely organized and privately funded, the society eventually filed for non-profit status, established a bank account and began receiving funding from various sources. More than 15 individuals, many still living in the region, have served the organization as advocates and sponsors. Over the years, the society has hosted many folk, bluegrass and World music concerts, instrument workshops, local jam sessions and contradances.

Celebrating Folk Music in Cache Valley: Selections from Special Collections and Archives and Bridger Folk Music Society, 1979-2014 is free and open to everyone during Merrill-Cazier Library hours. See the library’s website for hours.

Related links:

Bridger Folk Music Society

USU’s University Libraries

Contact: Susan Jelus, Bridger Folk Music Society, 435-535-1408,

USU Contact: Rose Milovich, 435-797-0893,

Source: Bridger Folk Music Society

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