A local museum will host a conference and a show on regional music


The Hampton History Museum will host Dr. Gregg Kimball and educator Cluny Brown for a lecture and performance titled “Virginia Roots and American Traditions”. The event will take place on July 12 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. The program is free for museum members and $ 5 for non-members (Courtesy of the Hampton History Museum)

HAMPTON – Hampton History Museum announced that he will be hosting his first in-person event since before the pandemic with the “Virginia Roots and American Traditions” lecture and performance.

The event, which will feature historian Dr Gregg Kimball and educator Cluny Brown, will discuss how Virginians were instrumental in founding many different musical genres.

The multimedia presentation will include a discussion of these influential musicians, play samples of their works through period recordings and live performances, and present a visual story through photographs. Musicians included will be the Carter family, Jimmie Strother, the original “Hill Billies” and many more.

This will be the first time that the Hampton History Museum, located at 120 Old Hampton Street in downtown Hampton, has been hosting an in-person event since February 2020.

Dr. Kimball is the Director of Public Services and Outreach at the Library of Virginia. He has had a long career working closely with museums and libraries. Kimball also plays several different instruments, including banjo, violin, accordion, and lap steel. He has performed in many different venues, including Colonial Williamsburg.

Cluny Brown works at Clover Hill High School in Midlothian, where she teaches US history and historical research. Besides her passion for history, she has a deep love for music and musical theater.

The conference and show will take place on Monday, July 12 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. The program is free for museum members and $ 5 for non-members. Admission will be collected at the door.

For more information on this event and others, visit the website of Hampton History Museum.

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