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RACINE — Members of the Sweet Melody Strings will bring the sounds of hammered dulcimer music to the Racine Heritage Museum, 701 Main St., on Saturday (March 11). The program starts at 1 p.m.

A hammered dulcimer in action

Sweet Melody Strings will perform on the hammered dulcimer, a unique folk music instrument, at the Racine Heritage Museum, 701 Main St., starting at 1 p.m. The music enthusiasts have performed for a number of organizations, including the Kiwanis Club of West Racine’s pre-Christmas meeting in December. – Credit: Paul Holley

The hammered dulcimer is a stringed instrument that dates back to the Middle Ages and was played throughout England, France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, and Spain. It’s become a folk music instrument in the United States over the past century. The instrument’s tuned strings are struck with padded hammers producing a unique sound.

Sweet Melody Strings will perform music, talk about the dulcimer and let museum guests try the instrument for themselves.

Museum admission and the performance are free. Donations are appreciated.

More about the Racine Heritage Museum online.

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