Smithsonian Institution - Collecting Dominican Music in America

From Merengue to Dembow & Merenhouse: Collecting Dominican Music in America

Do you have old posters announcing concerts? Was there a particular club or venue you liked to go to dance Dominican music in the good old days? Do you have your old “club” clothing you wore to concerts, clubs, Dominican family fiestas? Were you involved in promoting Dominican music in your neighborhood, your organization, your church? Do you have material from community parades and festivals?

In a pioneering collaboration, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and the Dominican Studies Institute are reaching out to all people of Dominican descent to help build museum and archival collections at the Smithsonian and at the CUNY DSI that reflect how Dominican music and musical performance in particular, and the Dominican presence in general, have reshaped social spaces and cultural identity in the U.S.

Smithsonian and CUNY DSI staff will be delighted to see any memorabilia or “recuerdito” you may have regarding Dominican music, Dominican fiestas, or any other objects pertaining to the Dominican cultural identity and historical legacy in the U.S. you may deem important.

Open House:
Friday, October 11, 2013
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Broadway Housing Communities
Rio II Gallery
583 Riverside Drive
7th Floor, 135th Street
New York, NY 10031

Space is limited and registration is required. For more information on this event, contact the CUNY DSI by phone at 212-650-7496 or by email at You may register at Eventbrite.

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