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Local Museum to Host Lecture and Performance on Regional Music

Hampton History Museum will host Dr. Gregg Kimball and educator Cluny Brown for a lecture and performance entitled, “Virginia Roots and American Traditions.” The event will take place July 12 from 7-8 p.m. The program is free for museum members and $5 for non-members (Courtesy of Hampton History Museum)

HAMPTON — Hampton History Museum has announced that it will host its first in-person event since before the pandemic with the lecture and performance, “Virginia Roots and American Traditions.”

The event, which will feature historian Dr. Gregg Kimball and educator Cluny Brown, will discuss how Virginians were instrumental in the foundation of many different music genres.

The multimedia presentation will include discussing these influential musicians, playing samples of their works through period recordings and live performance, and present a visual story through photographs. Musicians included will be the Carter family, Jimmie Strother, the original “Hill Billies,” and many more.

This will be the first time that Hampton History Museum, located at 120 Old Hampton Lane in downtown Hampton, has hosted an event in-person since February 2020.

Dr. Kimball is the director of Public Services and Outreach at the Library of Virginia. He has had a long career working closely with museums and libraries. Kimball also plays several different instruments including: banjo, fiddle, accordion, and lap steel. He has performed at many different venues, including Colonial Williamsburg.

Cluny Brown works at Clover Hill High School in Midlothian, where she teaches U.S. History and Historical Research. Aside from her passion for history, she has a deep love for music and musical theater.

The lecture and performance is scheduled to take place on Monday, July 12 from 7-8 p.m. The program is free for museum members and $5 for non-members. Admission will be collected at the door.

For more information on this and other events, visit the website for Hampton History Museum.

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