The Townsend Piano Project: Conserving St. Louis Blues History
Among the many artifacts featured in an upcoming Missouri History Museum exhibit on the history of St. Louis music (opening July 2021) will be the piano of Grammy-winning St. Louis blues musician Henry “Mule” Townsend. The piano was generously donated to the Missouri Historical Society in 2008 by Henry’s son, Alonzo Townsend. Unfortunately, it had suffered vandalization. Restoring and preparing the piano for display will have extensive associated costs, but we believe in saving this vital piece of St. Louis’s musical heritage. On May 26, 2019, a concert to raise funds for the piano’s conservation will be held at BB’s Jazz, Blues and Soups in St. Louis. Please join us in supporting this important cause and come hear a range of great St. Louis musicians who loved & were influenced by Henry Townsend. In addition, we invite you to support the conservation of the Henry Townsend piano by making a direct contribution to the Missouri Historical Society. All money raised will go to the conservation and display of the Townsend piano, with any additional funds used in the conservation of further music-related artifacts for the exhibit. Checks can be made out to “Missouri Historical Society” with “Townsend Piano” in the memo line, and mailed to: Missouri Historical Society, PO Box 775460, St. Louis, MO 63177 Credit card donations can be made at: www.mohistory.org/piano Thank you for supporting St. Louis’s musical legacy! Do you have questions, interesting stories, or connections to St. Louis music history that you’d like to share with us? Please contact us at email@example.com
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