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Currently on display in the foyer is a special exhibit, “Whirring Lathes, Dulcet Tones: Woodwind Making in Early 19th-century Connecticut and New York,” which presents woodwind instruments from the museum’s holdings along with contemporary prints, music books, and documents.
Twenty-three woodwind instruments are on display, including flageolets, fifes, a piccolo, flutes, and clarinets. The instruments come from the workshops of Edward Riley (New York City), George Catlin (Hartford), Uzal Miner (Hartford), John Meacham, Jr. (Hartford and Albany), Asa Hopkins (Litchfield), Benjamin & Munger (New Haven), and Firth, Hall, and Pond (New York City and Litchfield).
Period portraiture, genre scenes, newspaper advertisements, instrument tutors and instruction books enhance the displays of instruments.