Museum throws dinner party for new Gennett Records exhibit

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Cesar Martinez and Addison Jordan play light jazz during Saturday’s dinner kicking off the new “Gennett Records: The Birthplace of American Recorded Music” exhibit at Wayne County Historical Museum. Photo by Bob Hansen

A large crowd celebrated Richmond’s legacy Saturday at the Wayne County Historical Museum. After dinner on the museum grounds, more than 100 guests previewed a new exhibit. Gennett Records: The Birthplace of American Recorded Music, tells the story of the Rchmond-based company that recorded many kinds of music in the 1920s.
The museum’s director, Karen Shank-Chapman, said telling the story is something she has wanted to do since she became enchanted with the history of Gennett Records as a child .
Experts from across the country told of the lasting effect that company has on modern-era musicians including Elvis, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and many others.
The museum is at 1150 N. A St., Richmond, and is open 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and noon -4 p.m. Saturday.

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