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03-Aug-2018

International Summit at A World of Accordions Museum, Superior - USA

AWAM Board members and internnational guests
A World of Accordions Museum located in Superior, Wisconsin hosted an International Summit to showcase the Museum holdings during a recent event organized by curator Helmi Harrington, Ph. D.

The International conference included three Executive members of the Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) Kevin Friedrich - Ambassador (USA), Harley Jones - Public Relations Manger (New Zealand) and Dr. Herbert Scheibenreif - Vice President (Austria) as well as Heather Masefield - Executive Officer of the New Zealand Accordion Association.

The Summit was supported by the new Superior, WI, Mayor Jim Paine as well as 6th District Councilor Tylor Elm, the Director of Marketing and Social Media Nikky Farmakes as well as other guests from the Visitors and Convention Bureau and local Universities, the Museum Board of Directors and guests.

After an official welcome and remarks by CIA World Accordion Museum Alliance Director Kevin Friedrich, speakers included Dr. Herbert Scheibenreif, Harley Jones, Heather Masefield, Helmi Harrington, Ph. D., Mayor Jim Paine and Museum Repair Technician student David Beer. The guests were given a guided tour of the Museum holdings before concluding with a meet and greet reception.

Museum Curator Helmi Harrington presented an overview of Museum activities and holdings including the 1300 instruments on display, more than one million pieces of sheet music, reference books and recordings, featured Concert Series guest artists such as renowned classical Russian accordionists Friedrich Lips and Viatcheslav Semionov to popular Grammy Award winning Joey Miskulin, the exciting World Accordion Day and Willard Palmer festivals, the Musical Estates of dignitaries such as Willard Palmer, Ernest Deffner, Pietro Diero, Charles Magnante and others entrusted to the Museum, the new online resources such as sales and Educational items, the new Fundraising Campaign 'Superior Vision' and the unique Repair Technician school.

A World of Accordions Museum is a member of the newly established World Accordion Museum Alliance under the auspices of the CIA which aims to coordinate the efforts of Accordion Museums and collectors around the world to ensure that the historical culture of the accordion is protected for all to enjoy.

For more information about the Museum, please visit www.worldofaccordions.org.
Harlye Jones, Mayor Jim Paine, Heather Masefield, Tylor Elm, Helmi Harrington, Kevin Friedrich and Herbert Scheibenreif
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