Hi,

Vermillion, South Dakota is home to the University of South Dakota, and to the American Music Museum.

If Murdo was an improbable repository on the Dakota Plain for 250 rare and collectable automobiles, Vermillion is an equally unlikely place to house 15,000 rare musical instruments collected from around the world. The instruments are from all modalities, representing every nation and include many examples of work by famous makers from the middle ages to modern times.

It took us 4 hours to give a good look and listen to the instruments. Although only 7 percent of the collection is currently on display, that’s enough to fill the galleries and corridors of the former library building on the University campus.

Say what you will about South Dakota–and I, for one, will not spare the disparaging remarks–but the people of the region have really made good on their effort to support a world-class museum of musical instruments.

Alone, the American Music Museum is worth a visit to this God-forsaken place. With the Pioneer Auto Show just several 80 mph hours away you may want to put South Dakota back in your vacation plans.

Bill

www.elotrowa.com
(202) 262-0576

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