The one thing that disappointed us was we didn’t see any dulcimers (though if you search their website you’ll see some). Maybe I’ll e-mail them and suggest they do a display featuring early music instruments to include limberjacks and dulcimers. I’m sure they’ll listen to me…yeah right.
Actually we did see one dulcimer there. In was prominently featured in a six-by-ten foot mural titled “The Sources of Country Music” by Thomas Hart Benton which was commissioned by the Country Music Hall of Fame. See it at http://countrymusichalloffame.org/thomas-hart-benton/This mural was Benton’s final mural; he pretty much finished the mural on 18 January, 1975 in his carriage-house studio in Kansas City and died the next day of heart failure, before he could sign it. It is said that Benton was a gifted musician and a collector of American folk tunes.
At the hall of fame I bought a 11″ x 17″ poster of this mural. At the risk of shilling for the museum store you can order it on-line for about $8 https://store.countrymusichalloffame.com/products.php?product=Thomas-Hart-Benton-%22Sources-Of-Country-Music%22-Poster–