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American Sheet Music Conference, October 18 - 19, 2013 - Ward Irish Music Archives

American Sheet Music Conference, October 18 - 19, 2013

The Civil War As Understood Through Sheet Music


Original published sheet music, a frequently overlooked and neglected primary historical source, actually affords us a unique, fresh, and fascinating window into the thoughts and feelings of past generations. For anyone studying the American Civil War on any level, a visit with the sheet music of the era is not only revealing and enjoyable, but essential.

Practically every aspect of the Civil War is richly documented in sheet music.  The anguish and despair, the hope and elation, the victories and defeats are all captured in the songs, marches and cover illustrations. The often stunning cover images that adorned many pieces provide a vivid visual record. In some cases, these illustrations provide the only known visual record.

Join the nation's top antique sheet music dealers and collectors in a weekend of enjoyable and educational conference sessions. Sellers will be specializing in 19th century sheet music and Ragtime.

Conference will be held at the Milwaukee Irish Fest Center; 1532 Wauwatosa Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53213            

$5.00 admission each day or $10.00 for Friday-Saturday package.

SALES TABLE - (2' x 8') $30           

Call 414-476-8999 for more details or to reserve a sales table.

Schedule of Events:


American Sheet Music Conference 2013: The Civil War as Understood Through Sheet MusicFriday, October 18: 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.:  Sheet Music Show and Tell: Bring your favorite sheet music or song story.

Saturday, October 19: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

8:30 am  Sales area opens
9:30 am  Welcome & Introduction, Barry Stapleton, Director, Ward Irish Music Archives

Note:   Before and after the presentations on the Civil War, Civil War songs will be sung by Ken Regez accompanied on piano by Robert Groves.

9:45-11:45 The Spirit of the American Civil War in Sheet Music: The North. Larry Zimmerman

11:45-1:15  Lunch

American Sheet Music Conference 2013: The Civil War as Understood Through Sheet Music1:15- 3:15  The Spirit of the American Civil War in Sheet Music: The South.  Robert Curtis

3:15-3:30  Break

3:30-4:30  Everybody Loves an Irish Song: The Sheet Music Collections at the Ward Irish Music Archives

Opening of a new website
Jeff Ksiazek: Archivist, Ward Irish Music Archives

5:00 pm   Sales area closes

Special Hotel Rates: Crowne Plaza, 10499 W. Innovation Dr., Wauwatosa, WI 53226
414-475-9500 $89 rate: ask for block rate.

2013 Presenters:


Jeff Ksiazek: Jeff Ksiazek is the archivist at the Ward Irish Music Archives, the largest public collection of Irish music in North America, housed at the Milwaukee Irish Fest Center. Holding a BA in Music Performance from Cornell College and a MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, he frequently presents on various subjects relating to the history of traditional Irish music. He also performs across the Midwest with the band Athas and teaches Irish music on guitar, bouzouki, and tin whistle.

Robert Curtis:  In 2009 I retired from the University of Georgia where for 30 years I taught Latin and Roman archaeology.  I have been a student of the Civil War for as long as I can remember, but became interested in sheet music only about 20 years ago.  At first, I collected both Union and Confederate sheet music, but in ca. 1998 I began to focus exclusively on Confederate sheet music. My interest is very much on the illustrations and the lyrics and what they illustrate about life in the Confederacy during the war and how that period is reflected in music.

Larry Zimmerman: Larry Zimmerman is a noted collector, dealer and recognized authority specializing in 19th Century American sheet music.  His distinguished collection reflects the dominant issues in American life – patriotic, political and social – thus providing a unique window through which the history of our nation may be observed and studied.  Most of the materials range from pre-revolutionary to just after the Civil War. One special-strength of the collection is the high proportion of superb exemplars, known to collectors as “high spots.” 

Ken Regez: I’ve been performing since I was a child and grew up with a love for history and the performing arts. After spending 26 years as a radio talk show host I “retired” to do what I really enjoy:  entertaining in front of a live audience.  I have been performing in live theatre, and I have also been presenting programs of Tin Pan Alley and programs of vintage film. In 2008 I launched Silver Showcase at Cedar Crest Retirement Center with a program of American songs from the turn of the 20th Century.  I also present programs of silent films and WWII films.