10 August 2016

New Bill Monroe museum for Kentucky

With the anniversaries of Bill Monroe's birth and death now only a few weeks away, there's a timely announcement of a new museum, devoted to the Father of Bluegrass Music, to be set up in Hartford, KY, a few miles west of his birthplace at Rosine. The project is under the auspices of the Ohio County Tourism Commission; the county already gets a steady stream of visitors to the fully restored Monroe family home on Pigeon Ridge near Rosine (pictures can be seen here).

The Bill Monroe Museum (artist's impression above) is still in the planning-and-fundraising stage. Financial and physical support can be made in a number of ways, including a 'buy-a-brick' scheme, whereby a donor can have an inscribed brick laid in the 'Blue Moon Walkway'. For more details, see the website and this feature on Bluegrass Today.

The International Bluegrass Music Museum (IBMM; see the BIB for 2 Aug. 2016) is in the adjoining Daviess County; Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Hall of Fame & Country Star Museum is up in Bean Blossom in central Indiana. There is an official Bill Monroe website, set up by his son James; more biographical and other details are recorded in the IBMM Hall of Fame entry.

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