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52 for 150: What's So Special About Your Library's Swiss Music Box?

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Uploaded on Jan 20, 2011

For week 11 of our Kansas sesquicentennial series, as it's National Music In Our Schools Month—the theme for 2011 is "Music lasts A Lifetime"—we're taking a closer look at our Swiss Music Box.

Dating back to approximately 1870, this Victorian "entertainment center" consists of a rotating brass barrel with pins which pluck the teeth of a sound-comb to make individual notes. After being in the same family for five generations, Jean McEachron Caldwell gave the music box to the Library in memory of her mother-in-law, Eleanor M. Hartley Caldwell and it is now on permanent display in the Topeka Room. Let us know if you'd like to hear it play and Library staff will give you a demonstration.

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