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Electric Guitar Summit – Part I – Distinguished Panel of Experts

Part of an Electric Guitar Weekend! Join leading experts as they present new perspectives on the world’s most popular instrument:

Saturday, July 17th 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. – Guitar Summit: “Turn it up to 90!”
Experts discuss the origin and development of the electric guitar and its place in history.
Summit Welcome by Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum Director Eric Cale, introductions to experts joining in person and virtually: Matthew Hill, PhD, Internationally recognized Organologist; HP Newquist, Executive Director The National GUITAR Museum; Arian Sheets, Curator of Stringed Instruments, National Music Museum, University of South Dakota; Richard D. Walter, PhD, Curator for USA/Canada and Europe, Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix, AZ

Join us on Sunday, July 18th 1:00-4:00 p.m.
An afternoon with Deke Dickerson, noted performer, author and music historian.
. Presentation – 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. “Amazing Stories of the Electric Guitar.”
. Live Performance – 3:00- 4:00 p.m. 
The Guitar Summit weekend includes access to the Museum’s special exhibition:  “Turn it up to 90! – The Electric Guitar and the 90th Anniversary of its Wichita World Debut”
Featuring dozens of historic electric guitars, exploring Wichita’s connection to the most popular musical instrument of our time. The Museum has produced several well-received exhibits since 2002, revealing Wichita’s unique place in the instrument’s history. The Museum thanks exhibit
sponsors: Bonavia Properties, Devlin Interiors, David & Barbara Rolph, Ron & Lee Starkel, and collectors who have loaned instruments for exhibition.
The Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum is one of America’s leading local history museums and accredited by the American Alliance of Museum since 1972. It has served the community since 1939 and since 1980 has occupied Wichita’s original 1890 City Hall building.


  • July 17, 2021
  • 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm