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SPECIAL EVENT AT THE BEAR CAFÉ GAZEBO: “Kalamazoo Gals,” Story of Extraordinary Women & Gibson’s “Banner” Guitars of WW2
Saturday, October 27, 2:00pm
Bear Café Gazebo, Bearsville, NY   See Map

The “Banner” Gibson guitar is considered one of the finest acoustic guitars ever made. Over 9,000 of these Banners were carefully built during World War II.

But Gibson company records show the company had shifted to producing goods for the war effort and not musical instruments and most of the men who made those Gibsons at the headquarters in Kalamazoo were off fighting the war.

Gibson records stated that no guitars were built during the war. So who made these guitars that are still prized 70 years later?

“The contributions of Rosie the Riveter and her cohorts to the survival of American manufacturing during the “Good War” are well known and beyond profound. Until now, the contributions of a band of intrepid, unpretentious, stunningly skillful, thoroughly American women to both the war effort and to the endurance of one of the greatest musical instrument manufacturers ever known, has gone unheralded. “Kudos to John Thomas for telling their story.” -Jonathan Kellerman, in the foreword to Kalamazoo Gals: A Story of Extraordinary Women and Gibson’s ‘Banner’ Guitars of WWII.

Using photos, video clips and x-ray and CT-scan images, John will tell the unsung story of the women who built Gibson’s guitars during WWII. John Thomas is a Professor of Law at Quinnipiac University, Field Editor of The Fretboard Journal, freelance writer, and “a guitar player still striving for mediocrity.” When John picks up an old guitar, he always finds himself imagining where it’s been, who has played it over the years, and what music it has made.

Included in price of admission, limited space, room for 50 attendees only.