'Your papers, please' must never be heard in America
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
Grammy-winning fingerpicking guitarist Pat Donohue thinks a South Dakota college town of about 10,000 is an unlikely place for a wide-ranging collection of musical instruments that includes saxophones built by inventor Adolphe Sax, a rare Stradivarius violin with its original neck and a Spanish guitar on which Bob Dylan composed some of his earliest songs.
"We could double our attendance, but we're still talking about a few tens of thousands a year," he said. "It's not so much getting people through our doors as getting our collection in front of the eyes of people."
It's a decision made on a case-by-case basis, balancing the rarity of the instrument, its condition and the potential audience reach, he said.