THE APPALACHIAN DULCIMER and ITS RICH HISTORY

The Hills of Kentucky Dulcimer Club is proud to entertain and educate people in our communities with the Appalachian Mountain Dulcimer.  The word dulcimer is believed to have originated centuries ago.   It was derived from the Greek word "dulce" (which means sweet) and the Latin word "melos" (which means song).  The Appalachian Dulcimer  was adopted as the Kentucky state instrument on June 21, 2001.   We believe its origins are truly American, coming out of the mountains of Appalachia as an adaptation of stringed instruments used by German, French, and Scandinavian immigrants.


Two of our members, John and Nancy Trokan did some research a few years back and turned that information into three different PowerPoint Presentations.  By clicking on each link below, you can learn a little more about this instrument and its rich history, including how it has remained in existence from the late 1750’s through the present day.


APPALACHIAN DULCIMER
JEAN RITCHIE
CARTER FAMILY