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Mon February 12, 2007

The Ortonville Story

A hammered dulcimer
A hammered dulcimer
Credit Ozark Folk Center


A seventy year old recording of dulcimer music leads to the story of an Iowa ghost town and an uncommon musical instrument. The Thomas Mann recordingsĀ are courtesy of the American Folklife Center, Sidney Robertson Cowell Collection, Library of Congress. Sounds from July, 1937, in Ortonville, Iowa.