2:00 p.m. Sunday, November 10

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“America’s Instrument, the Five-String Banjo” with musician George Olson will be presented 2:00 pm Sunday November 10 at the Betty Strong Encounter Center. Admission will be free; a reception will follow.

Olson will present an overview of the instrument, and play many fun, toe-tapping selections. “The five-string banjo has a unique, happy sound and a rich place in American history,” says Olson. I’ll show the audience how it came to be, and how it’s constructed and how it’s played.”

Olson is a 1972 Central High School graduate. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Arts from University of Minnesota. He was formerly Plumbing Shop Superintendent at Interstate Mechanical Corp. He played with the Blessed Sacrament Celebration Choir for over 25 years. Olson has since retired and moved to Ames, Iowa with his wife, Geri.

Music connects closely to Lewis and Clark Expedition history. The explorers’ journals describe occasions along the trail when music figured into birthday and holiday celebrations and encounters with Native peoples.