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Appalachia: Heritage and Harmony

The period from July 2002 through July 2003 has been declared by Congress the "Year of Appalachia." The year also marks the 75th anniversary of the historically important Victor recording sessions held in Bristol, Tennessee, in 1927. A small museum in Bristol administered by the Birthplace of Country Music Alliance (BCMA)--a non-profit group run by country music enthusiasts and supporters of Appalachian music that is also an affiliate of the Smithsonian--approached the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage with a proposal to mount a Folklife Festival program in 2003 celebrating Appalachian culture. The year began with a ...

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