A New Treasure: The James H. Montgomery Music Collection at Mars Hill University

Brandon Johnson, Instructor of English, and Ian Kirkpatrick, senior Political Science and International Studies major will host the unveiling of this addition to the Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies. Johnson and Kirkpatrick are this year’s Hart-Melvin Archival Research Fellows, and they will highlight their discoveries from exploration during the fall semester 2016 of the Montgomery Music Collection’s 1,023 vinyl LPs and 1,368 compact discs. The talk and performance will take place in the Ramsey Center, first floor Renfro Library, Mars Hill University.

James Houston Montgomery (1930 - 2014) of Austin, Texas, fell in love with bluegrass music at the age of nine.  While healing from polio, he discovered bluegrass music on the radio, and it became a life-long obsession.  While Montgomery worked as a librarian at Vanderbilt University, the University of California--Irvine, the University of Georgia, Rutgers University, the University of Florida, and the University of Houston, he collected over 2,000 bluegrass and country LPs and CDs and kept meticulous notes on each album and song.  Though he was never able to visit Mars Hill University, he knew of Bascom Lamar Lunsford's connection with the school and donated $500,000 to Mars Hill for a Regional Studies scholarship in Lunsford's honor.  He also donated his personal LP and CD collection to the school after his passing in late 2014.

Event Details

Location The Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies
Mars Hill, NC
Cost Free
Music Styles Ballad Singing
Early Country Music
Event Type Workshop / Class / Demonstration
  • ✔ Can Accommodate Groups
  • ✔ Family Friendly
  • ✔ Handicapped Accessible

Contact Info

Phone (828) 689-1262

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