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Hammered dulcimer workshop scheduled at Dickson Mounds

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[October 19, 2012]  LEWISTOWN -- A novice to intermediate workshop on playing hammered dulcimer will be offered on Oct. 27 at the Dickson Mounds Museum.

Judy Schmidt, a teacher, performer and composer for the hammered dulcimer, will present the workshop.

The daylong workshop will be broken into two sessions. The first session, novice, will be from 10 a.m. to noon. The intermediate session, a continuation of the first, is scheduled from 1 to 3:30 pm. Students will learn chords and songs in the morning session. In the afternoon session, the focus will be on improving playing techniques of the songs taught in the morning session. Songs will include jigs and carols.

There is a $30 registration fee for the entire workshop. Registration should be made by Monday. For a registration form and further information or to reserve a dulcimer, call Steven Endsley at 309-668-2362.

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The Illinois State Museum -- Dickson Mounds is between Lewistown and Havana, off Illinois Routes 78 and 97. The museum is open free to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. Tours and special programs are available for groups with reservations.

For more information, call 309-547-3721 or TTY 217-782-9175, or visit the museum's website at Also check out weekly updates on Facebook at "Illinois State Museum-Dickson Mounds."

[Text from file received from Dickson Mounds Museum]

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