As you can tell by now, I’m a history nerd. One of the most enjoyable things about writing history books is conducting research. That is my favorite part. The writing is just part of the process. This includes spending time exploring archives and museums. Recently I was made aware of a museum that focuses on drums and percussion. It’s called the Rhythm! Discovery Center and it’s managed by the Percussive Arts Society. The Rhythm! Discovery Center features unique, interactive exhibits highlighting a rich collection of historic artifacts and hands-on percussion instruments. It also offers a diverse array of educational programming designed to supplement its interactive exhibits, providing a place for everyone to learn about playing techniques, delve into individual instruments, and enjoy musical performances from local and national performing groups. I was impressed with their online exhibit on the history of rudiments: http://rhythmdiscoverycenter.org/its-rudimentary/. The Rhythm! Discovery Center features something for anyone interested in drums and percussion and can also be rented for special events. The museum is located in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. For more information, visit them online at: http://rhythmdiscoverycenter.org/.

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