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The American Violin

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In April 2006, the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers and the Library of Congress, with generous support from the Violin Society of America and select contributors, presented The American Violin: From Jefferson to Jazz, a comprehensive survey and celebration of historical and modern American violins and bowsThe goal of the project was to increase public awareness and knowledge of American violin and bow making, tracing its origins and historical development through the migration of European traditions to an established, highly acclaimed American identity. Over a period of three days the public was invited free of charge to attend exhibitions, lectures, panel discussions, and concerts by authorities on American violins, violinists, violin music, and violin makers. A large number of instruments and bows photographed and documented for a the exhibit are published in The American Violin, released in May2015. For more information visit the